Change is tough for those who lead

Leaders are out front, looking for the next path. I often think of it as a captain on the deck, turning the wheel and making the calls to his crew in the midst of a terrible storm. He might wish fleetingly that he could be below deck asleep, but he knows it’s his decisions that make the difference between staying on top or going down.

Even small changes create friction and unrest, in the leader as well as his followers. So here’s a few short words I wrote to myself today to manufacture a bit of courage.

“I experience friction, pressure, and opposition at every change, but over time things overall improve.

I might look crazy, but I’m not stupid. I have a plan. And despite mistakes and opposition, it most likely won’t suck in the long run.

In case it does suck, Jesus still loves me. He also forgives me. Even if no-one else does. And his plan is better than mine, includes mine, and won’t fail.

So I keep moving forward.”

Can I change the world?

I had a dream when I was a kid.  I wanted to change the world.  I wanted to be BIG, I wanted to be FAMOUS, and I thought I could do it.  I was DIFFERENT, I was BETTER than everybody else, and no-one could stop me.

Somewhere in the middle of going to college, getting married, buying a house, having kids, working, going to church, starting a business… I learned I’m not as cool as I thought I was and the world is a lot bigger than I thought.  I don’t know how to reach everyone in my town, let alone my country or my world.  I also know that even if I could reach everyone, I don’t have a big enough ANSWER that anything I have to share can possibly help everyone.

So I’m not here to change the whole world.  I’m just not that awesome.  However I can make small changes that impact the people around me, so I’m going to focus on that instead and see what happens!