Friday, December 19, 2008

Excerpt for Leaders of all sorts........

I found this post over on my buddy Todd's blog who used to blog at Rag Tags Hope but now you can find him at Pilgrim Steps


"I am just a beggar showing other beggars where to find bread."
-Martin Luther

"As Jesus ministers, so he wants us to minister. He wants Peter to feed his sheep and care for them, not as "professionals" who know their clients' problems and take care of them, but as vulnerable brothers and sisters who know are known, who care and are cared for who forgive and are being forgiven, who love and are being loved.

Somehow we have come to believe that good leadership requires a safe distance from those we are called to lead. Medicine, psychiatry, and social work all offer us models in which "service" takes place in a one-way direction. Someone serves, someone else is being served, and be sure not to mix up the roles! But how can anyone lay down his life for those with whom he is not even allowed to enter into a deep personal relationship? Laying down your life means making your own faith and doubt, hope and despair, joy and sadness, courage and fear available to others as ways of getting in touch with the Lord of life."
-Henri Nouwen (In the Name of Jesus)


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