Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thoughts regarding..."Leadership"...

 "Becoming Fishers of Men" will be more "fruitful" than this picture! 
Hello Everyone!
Oh...what a week. We had a tornado warning that other day, but no worries! I only got picked up off the ground about 2 or so feet...just kidding. But we did have a tornado warning (that means it touched down) and a nasty storm to add to that so it was a fun day. The work has picked up a lot here in Currituck and my companion and I are very happy. We're teaching a couple (the wife being a grand-daughter to a member here) and they're really excited about the Church. The Lord has also prepared other hearts for the message of the Gospel that we're currently involved with. It's really exciting!
I went on a Priesthood fishing trip this last week and caught TONS of fish. Sure, they were only about 3 or 4 inches in length but it was a good catching day :D The weather was perfect and the smell of the ocean was...oh...heavenly.

I've noticed, as I'm sure many of you have, that people tend to aspire to position and authority. Everyone has their own interests, motivations, and abilities that lead them to desire some station. This is especially found in the Church where people think that they're only "worth something" if they are called into a presidency or stake position. Some may even desire high position so they can me known as a "leader" for their own self-gratification.
"Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen? Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men..."(D&C 121:34-35)

True leadership comes from a desire to serve, help and uplift. A leader cannot lead unless he has learned how to be a follower. A follower of Christ and His perfect example. He was and is the GREATEST of all, yet, He stooped down to wash the feet of those He led. He "descended below all things" and from the service was the perfect leader. King Benjamin and King Mosiah were beloved of the people they presided over because of their service to the people. They didn't walk around town walking with puffed up chests, or seek to rebuke and reprove "because they could". Love is the motivator, the Spirit is the Key, and Christ is the Reason.
When one is called in any position, it is for two reasons: 1: The Lord knows it is time for you to stretch a little bit and grow a little more and become a little more "refined" so you can be one step closer to achieving your full potential. 2: Because the Lord knows that you can touch at least one person's life by your example and service.

Who cares about receiving praise and glory from other imperfect human beings? The only opinion that matters is that of the Lord's, and it's only when we serve Him by serving our fellow creatures with the attitude of true love, that we will be able to hear those blessed words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

Elder Smith

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