10 Reminders for Christian Life and Leadership

No matter what other people tell you…

  • Don’t think that you have all the answers - The omniscient position has been permanently and effectively filled.
  • Don’t think that you should have all the answers - Just wrestling with the right questions is hard enough.
  • Don’t think you know exactly what others should do - While we can lead in biblical paths, we must leave final footprints to God.
  • Don’t think you can resolve every problem - If you could, Jesus would be unnecessary.
  • Don’t ever motivate someone by using guilt - While it may seem to work in the short-term, it always creates deep wounds and anger.
  • Don’t ever absorb someone else’s guilt - Martyrdom is a call to be accepted, not a long-term profession to be perfected.
  • Don’t think that ministry is supposed to be easy - If you do, you haven’t been reading your Bible enough.
  • Don’t allow secrets, but keep confidences - The difference is that the first is based on marinating power, while the latter seeks to protect the weak.
  • Don’t forget that trust is a powerful but fragile, priceless thing - Once trust is broken, the glue of repair seems to take forever to dry.
  • Don’t think you can change others - You can teach, lead, support, love, and model health for them, but you cannot change them. Only the Holy Spirit does long-term persuading.