You can't lead by committee and you can't live by committee.
I had a boss who used to tell me the first part all the time. He didn't mean I didn't need a team to work with and support. He just knew that I needed the courage to step out in confidence.
Standing on my own convictions and not leading by committee. It's that simple, but it's something I struggle with daily. It's the people-pleaser in me. I want people to like me and I want to please them — I miss the mark, a lot.
I've been struggling with some things and I've polled people for their opinion only to get a wide array of answers. It hit me today — it doesn't matter what people think, I will do what God calls me to do. It's that simple.
Does this mean I'll never listen to another word spoke over me — no, not at all. I cherish those friends who have the heart to speak up when I'm heading down a bad path or making questionable choices. I NEED these people in my life.
When I say lead or live by committee, I'm talking about making sure everyone likes my idea to:
- paint the living room red
- cut my hair off
- change jobs
- pick a new Bible study
- stop teaching on Wednesday night and begin a Monday night class outside of the church
- change the women's retreat to a girlfriends roadtrip
It's not that I don't value input, but some things are just between me and God. I have to follow where He leads me. Even as I write this I'm worried that some people will not like it. That's just life.
I do NOT want to march to the beat of someone else's drummer
I do NOT want to stand still because I'm comfortable
I do NOT want to miss the blessing of stepping out in faith
I do NOT want to miss one second of God's calling on my life
So, I ask you today….
Do you lead or live according to what God has for you or do you choose to double check everything with friends before moving forward on faith?