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Leading Amongst The Baggage

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Everybody is a leader. Everybody has someone who they look up to. Somebody they would say is a leader. This might be a sibling, a friend, or someone you work with. We all have people in our lives who we look for to lead us.

When I started my new job in Chicago some of the people I work with thought I had transferred as a supervisor. One day someone asked me, “Okay, Clayton where do you want me to go?” I replied, “I don’t think I’m the one to answer that question. I’m not in charge.” I was caught off guard by the question and the assumption that I was in charge.

Then about a a week in a half later someone else I work with said, “Clayton have you ever thought of being a supervisor?” I respond, “No, not really.” She continued, “ I think you would be great at it.” This caught me off guard again, because I didn’t see myself in this type of position.

Another example of unexpected leadership is in Samuel 10:20-22 it says, “20 So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel before the Lord, and the tribe of Benjamin was chosen by lot. 21 Then he brought each family of the tribe of Benjamin before the Lord, and the family of the Matrites was chosen. And finally Saul son of Kish was chosen from among them. But when they looked for him, he had disappeared! 22 So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?” And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.”

Saul was hiding among baggage. I love this passage because this is often where our fear comes from, it comes from our baggage. We all have a past. We aren’t perfect, because of this we think we can’t lead. It’s so easy to hide in our baggage and not lead because of fear.

The best part is God still chose Saul to lead the Israelites in  spite of his fear. God wanted Saul to be the leader of the Israelites despite his baggage past, present, or future. Just because Saul was afraid didn’t mean he couldn’t lead. In the same way, just because you are afraid doesn’t mean you shouldn’t lead. Fear is a part of leading. You will feel inadequate. This sense of inadequacy comes from our baggage, our past mistakes or mistakes we might make in the future. God says through the author of Samuel, “Your baggage past, present, or future doesn’t define you. My desire is for you to lead.”

You are a leader.  We are all leaders, we all have people to lead. There is fear in leading others. The good news is, God is there waiting for us when we are afraid, hiding among the baggage – our baggage. God is waiting for us to step out of our baggage and lead. No matter what it is you are dealing with or have dealt with in your past, you can lead. God desires it. He is calling us to lead. Will you step out from the baggage of your fear and lead?

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