Talking with Chum today about life & stuff... like we normally do 1 or 2x/week. Don't know where I'd be without the steadying, consistent encouragement & friendship of that guy.
Got on the topic of Old Dead Guys - people we like to read - A.W. Tozer came up... Got to talking on the topic of leading within the context of church, & one of Tozer's quotes:
A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of external situations. Further, I believe it might be accepted as a fairly reliable rule of thumb that the man who is ambitious to lead is disqualified as a leader."
That one really rings home for me - mostly because I don't aspire to be 'the pastor' - the leader, the guy in charge. Yet through circumstances & as Tozer says, "inward pressure of the Holy Spirit," I have consistently found myself in the spot where I'm holding the keys to the bus... Ok, guess its time to drive.
Led to discussion on Tozer's commentary... those who are ambitious to lead. Not sure if that person "gets" what leading is, cause if they did, would they have to try to make it happen?
Brings to mind:
Jesus said, “You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45 NLT
FRODO: "I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."
GANDALF: "So do all who come to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us." Tolkien, Lord of the Rings