Leadership comes in many forms. You have your standard and understood higher ups: Kings, Presidents, Tyrants, Czars, etc… But beneath each great title are the people who helped make that title. In various ways, each of us are rulers over own domains.
A teacher leads her students, parents lead the family, even a friend leads another friend through hardships. This is not a question of if we get power, but a matter of when get that power and how we’re to handle it.
Proverbs 28 has many marks of a good leader. Here are two big ones:
- Be humble with your money (v. 3, 6, 16, 25, and 27).
- Fear the Lord (v. 1, 4-5, 14, 20, and 26).
When we think about those who follow us, it’s important to always be thinking about the example we set. We need to think about our choices. Are we being selfish with our blessings? Are we mocking the poor? Are we trying to be our own God? These questions are good for our own check-ins, but sometimes it’s a motivator to remember that we’re examples and lights in a dark world.
A final thought:
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
I love that our God has always been about confession and the freedom in confession. There’s always mercy in it. God just wants to know us and be known.
I love it.