Following from my last post "It's worth it", I've had some awesome feedback which was more than what I'd hoped for or expected.
One of the main things I picked up from some of the comments that were posted is that there is a very important factor within the role of being a leader.
I have recently been discovering some keys to leadership that have been life changing to the way I both live and lead. I realised, through many of the comments left on my post, that there is two different roles to leadership that can at times bind leaders up if they only see them as one.
Its incredibly important to understand that although as a leader they are responsible for the burden or vision of the ministry/cell group/team etc, that does not mean they are to be alone because of it.
For a lot my life I've felt as though I never have many people to speak to because of what I feel or see that other people may not.
I realised however that although people may not be responsible for carrying the vision and burden of leadership, not letting them be involved with helping carry you takes away their role as a vital member of the team.
A classic example of this is the story of Moses and his two servants Aaron and Hur in Exodus 17:8-16:
"Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim., and Moses said to Joshua, "Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand. So Joshua did as Moses said to him and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
And so it was, when Moses held up his hand that Israel prevailed, and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hand became heavy, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword."
We see here that although Moses was the one who was the leader, and therefore was entrusted the responsibility of holding his rod above the Israelite army, he still needed help. He understood that he needed people to help support him as he carried the leadership of Israel.
It's interesting to note that when his hand "became heavy", he didn't look to try and pass the rod over to Aaron or Hur. Some leaders feel the weight of leadership and decide the best thing to do is to hand around the 'rod' just to keep the burden 'equalled out'. When a leader is called to be a leader, they're the leader.
If you're in leadership and feeling the weight of the vision or burden and know that you can't pass it around, don't shrink back and think that God has called you to be someone miserable and struggling because "the weight is too heavy to carry". God never gives you things too much for you to handle. No, don't shrink back - step forward and find some people that, although won't carry the weight for you, will give you the support needed for you to continue carrying that which God has given you.
If you're under leadership - support the leader. It's tough at times to carry the things that God has entrusted to them and its vital for you as a person involved with serving them to support them and keep their 'hands lifted high'. Doing this gives them the ability and strength to continue accomplishing the incredible things God has destined.
It's a win - win situation for all.
It wasn't just Moses who won the victory that day on the battlefield, it was the whole nation of Israel.
This destiny not only includes blessing for them as the leader - but rewards for those who are faithful in serving.
Be the Aaron and Hur... for the sake of a nation.
Photos above are of Evermore concert, 30/6/07 - Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland