(8) IDOLS CHURCH LEADERS WORSHIP
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Too many times, I’ve caught myself worshipping the idol of more.
If I had more staff…more money…more lights…more team…more square footage…more fill-in-the-blank-with-whatever-your-current-obsession-is, then our church would be awesome.
Nope. God is awesome.
And again, there’s nothing wrong with having more. It’s just that more will not be your salvation.
Faithfulness is measured in what you do with what you have.
And if you steward what you have well, guess what? Often (not always, but often), you eventually end up with more.
Focus on what you have, not on what you don’t have. That’s better leadership.
I seem to be far more addicted to progress than God appears to be. Or at least what I would define as progress (I’m quite sure God makes more progress on things than I do).
I often think I would be the worst biblical character.
I would not be good with being in prison for years like Joseph or Paul. Or wandering the desert for 40 years like Moses while people complained. Or waiting to be king for what must have seemed like an eternity to David.
If every graph is not up and to the right, I get worried.
But God seems to use wilderness seasons in your life and in the life of your church to grow your character.
Besides, if your platform ever outgrows your character, you’re doomed anyway (I wrote about that here).
I know God has used seasons when I’m frustrated with progress to grow me.
I am still a reluctant convert to patience and trust. But I am thankful God is patient with me, even when I am not patient with God.
Some of you may be frustrated by now because this appears to be yet another leadership post written by yet another driven leader.
I know. I get that. Those are my demons.
But there is another idol lurking under the guise of work-life balance that’s worth identifying.
Often in the pursuit of a ‘balanced’ life, people can lose passion and commitment.
Don’t get me wrong: I am all for rest, balance, margin and a life that doesn’t drain the life out of you.
But balance can become code for barely working. Balance can become a synonym for not throwing your heart or weight into anything. (I wrote more about the trap of work-life balance here.)
If that’s a temptation, just understand that’s an idol too.
We have a God who asked us to love him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
Most of the people I know who have accomplished significant things are not balanced people.
They are passionate people.
So be passionate in your work, in your family life, in your rest and in all you do.
When you do, you will glorify God.
Those are eight idols I see and often struggle with in leadership.
What do you see?