Are you someone who choses to blend in or stand out? Someone who is a leader or a follower?
You know you can't say one is better than the other, because we need both. If we were all leaders, in the same areas, we would probably clash heads. But at the same time, if none of us stepped up as leaders, we would all be like lost goats without someone to follow.
Sometimes there is season in our lives for us to be leaders in certain areas too. For example a mum and a dad may step up in their leadership in different areas when they become parents. While someone at a new workplace may need to learn to follow leadership.
So given that we all have gifts to lead in certain situations, and also the need to be followers in others, although some of us may stick to one or the other of these most of the times, sometimes we may need to be challenged to step out of the norm, out of our comfort zone, so we can grow.
Some of you might wonder how you would ever step out from where you are, little lone become a leader in a scenario or allow yourself to step back and learn from someone else; to follow. I wonder if the best place to start looking at this, might be to look at who we have in our life, we are all influenced by people around us, by those we look up to and also by those who have places of authority and influence on us.
So my question to you, is who is in your herd? Are the people in your herd disrupting the peace all the time? Are they people who encourage you and spur you on for more? Encourage you and call you higher? Do they call out the gifts within you and challenge you to let go of the hurt and grow through the trials?
Sometimes as painful as it is, we need to either make sure we are following the right leader, or we might need to take a step of faith and be a leader?
If you're a leader, but don't know it, the example you are setting may not be the one you want to set, so maybe it's time to live intentionally, because life will go on and we can live it haphazardly or we can live with intention and purpose.
Be intentional. Intentional in love, in honour, in respect, in honesty, in what you listen to, what you believe, in who you allow to influence you, in who you follow and the example you set as a leader in your sphere.
Go change the world, your world, one person at a time.
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Indi Leigh is a qualified and registered Christian Counsellor, with a passion to see people realise there is HOPE, that everyone is special, unique and important.