Yes, I am a leader and I have the scars to prove it. If you are in leadership, then you obviously know what I mean. To put yourself out in front often means taking the bullet and flack first. If you are not out in front, then you are not really leading.
Scars are the authenticating marks of faithful discipleship and true spiritual leadership–Oswald Sanders
Sanders states here a reality that our leader-entitlement culture is hard pressed to embrace. In an age of golden parachutes during an economic crisis, are we as spiritual leaders whining about the pain and scars of our leadership or are we willing to sacrifice for the good of those we lead our legitimate desires?
The first and only point here is that leading will scar you. Leading will be painful, lonely and cost even those closest to you. If you and I are not willing to pay a higher price than the pack, we are not a leader of the pack. We may have the title, salary, and position but a leader we are not!
So, I think we can choose to wear our scars and be content that the price of seeing people come to faith in Jesus and grow more like Him is worth it.
Discuss: should we accept the pain and scars, or isolate and protect ourselves and those closest to us from the cost of leading? Is NO PAIN NO GAIN really for me as a leader?