Critical Tasks of a Leader

As I learn about Lawrence Chamberlain and his faith in Christ, I note the letter he composes to his  wife when he believes his own death nears. He describes Christ as his all-sufficient savior and the peace his heart knows as a result of being forgiven by God.

Chamberlain survives and works for the healing of the nation as a true leader. In battle, I learn how, in the “fog of war” when we can’t see clearly, we do three things no matter what that Chamberlain demonstrates: care for people well, keep courage, and inspire fearless action. I think of one of the first Bible verses I loved from Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and of good courage, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will not fail or forsake you.” I think of what it means to serve as a courageous shepherd.

We study about what it means to bring those we lead into great, loving community that doesn’t end there. The goals of community focus outward to the battle, to the mission.

Good leaders devote themselves to the welfare of people and foster courageous action.


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