by Chris McKelvey
Founder of Fire Starter Ministries
There are moments when leadership can be a weird thing. Sometimes its so fast and furious and at other times it's slow and peaceful. Whether your in the camp preparing for battle or on the front lines, I believe we must have a "Paul," a "Barnabas," and a "Timothy" in our lives to keep a sense of balance.
Paul, is someone you look up to. A spiritual leader that you know who has experience and wisdom. Someone that impacts your life with integrity and knowledge. Pastor Drew is my Paul and I always try to include him on any major decisions in my life.
Barnabas, is someone who you can run to. This is someone in your life that is a true friend. Your confidant and prayer warrior. Someone you can have spiritual intimacy with and know everything about your life and still has the capacity to love you for you. Now, if your married please understand that your mate is or should be your best friend. But as a leader, you should have someone of your respective gender to be that Barnabas. My buddy from Bible college, Jason, has always been there for me and I for him. We have weathered many storms together and rejoiced from many mountain tops.
Timothy, is someone you can pour into. This is a person that looks up to you who wants you to share your wisdom and understanding with them. I have a few young men I mentor. Eric and Tye. Both are in their late 20s and love the Lord with all their hearts. I talk with them every week and our families get together ever so often.
Each one of these "musts" are very important to a servant leader and are vital to our standing on solid ground throughout our walk of life.
Which one would you say you struggle with? Usually, the Barnabas, among most leaders, is the most challenging. Having to open up to someone and really let a person know your strengths and weaknesses doesn't sound that appetizing. If you will let your guard down, God will bring along side of you that person who will be there for you through thick and thin.
I will finish with this thought.
A threefold cord is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
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