Our life is a drama with an opening scene, many crises, and a conclusion. There is a plot, with actors, and a theme. Everyone has a story and everyone is a leader. Whether we are a pastor, housewife, parent, or a president, all of us lead people.
Our lives are intertwined with people that need our story. Daily we touch the lives of others. C.S. Lewis writes,
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations.”
Your story is a unique journey crafted by a Master Producer. Leadership is not about where you sit on a structural org chart but how close your life embodies the kingdom of God. Efficiency is important but power is perfected in the weakness of God’s story told through your failures and victories. Jesus is forming a story, His story, through you that is needful and remarkable.
The Jesus disciple, the Jesus leader, is primarily revealing the story of God. Your story must become God’s story, God’s story through you. You don’t have an epic life. Jesus has an epic life and that bigger story must become your story. True Christian leadership is story making—making the story of Christ tangible and authentic. Your distinctive story will be how your life reveals His life. Leadership for the wholehearted disciple is the living out of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
On the Road,