I am a runner. When my knees are good I have been known to run as many as 6 days a week. When I run I am serious about it. I watch the time. I pace myself. I measure my distance. I check my calories burned. I do it for exercise. I run for personal well-being. I run because I love to run.
Running isn’t always easy. Sometimes I spend time thinking about the sports drink waiting for me when I get home. I think about how much my legs hurt. Lately, I’ve been thinking a great deal about whether my knees will allow me to continue running. On longer runs I’m almost always thinking towards the end about how ready I am to be home.
Then all of a sudden – when I’m about to be disappointed I’m still running – sometimes I will stop and think.
I chose this!
No one forced me to run. I chose this as my form of exercise. I could be in the gym – bored to death on the treadmill. I could be on the couch – bored to death with the monotony of television. I could be in a crowded meeting full of dozens of extroverts.
Running is my time. Running is what I choose to do for me.
It’s actually supposed to be fun!
It’s this way in leadership too at times.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in the stress of leadership we forget – I chose to be a leader.
I wasn’t forced into this position. Sure, God “called” me into ministry. And, it is a job, which pays our bills – thank you Jesus! But I said “Yes, Lord”. I surrendered willingly.
No one made me be a leader. I wanted the opportunity to make a difference. I had a dream. I had a God-given vision.
Sometimes I need to remind myself. Some days more than others.
I wanted this! And, I’m thankful for the opportunity.
Do you need reminding you chose to accept the position of leadership?