#321 : Thru A Dirty Window – Paradoxes in Leadership

For the past 18 months I’ve been part of a leadership development initiative where I’ve learned so much about what it means to lead as a follower of Christ. I wrote the following reflections for a homework assignment.

For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest (Luke 9:48).

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps (I Peter 2:24).

lead                                                        follow

strength                                                in weakness

activate                                                 rest

confidence                                            dependant

strategize                                              by faith


Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it (Luke 17:33).

He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed (I Peter 2:21).

ambition                                                 please him

decrease                                                 he’ll increase

execute                                                   release

step up                                                    defer

a crown                                                   the cross


You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight (Luke 16:15).

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin (Romans 6:6-7).

prideful                                                    brought low

self-righteous                                         chief of sinners

judgmental                                              saved by the blood

prone to wander                                    safe

dirty                                                          whiter than snow


From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked (Luke12:48).

Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass (I Thessalonians 5:24).

possessing nothing                                child of God

hell-bound                                                settled in heaven

unloved                                                     extravagant love

all wrong                                                   completely forgiven

all mine                                                     surrendered to my Savior


2 thoughts on “#321 : Thru A Dirty Window – Paradoxes in Leadership

  1. The definition of schizophrenic is: a state characterized by the coexistence of contradictory or incompatible elements.
    Spiritual leadership is like that, only it causes me to lean more into Him.

  2. I loved this. It is the exact opposite from what the world thinks and I am going to use it as part of my daily quiet time and prayer. Thanks so much for letting me know about your blog. We missed you and Bob after you left–you spiced things up for us!! Rita

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