It takes Courage!

I saw this liked it and wanted to share it:

IT TAKES COURAGE – Author Unknown

It takes strength to be firm,
It takes courage to be gentle.

It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubt.

It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.

It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on another.

It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

I like this poem but I love what these have to say about courage:

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. – (NKJV)

Joshua 1:3-9
I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you … No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (NLT)

1 Chronicles 28:20
David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (NIV)

These are some of my favorite verses on courage – what is your favorite Bible verse on courage?

A Leader Like Moses Or Aaron?

Been doing some leadership reading in Building Below the Waterline by Gordon MacDonald which I am really excited to be blogging about with Bill from Cycleguy’s Spin and Michael from Untitled and whomever else wants to join us in a few weeks . If you want to join us, pick up the book and let one of us know you would like to- it is an awesome book.  Anyway back to this post.  Something I read in the book about Moses got me thinking about Moses and Aaron.

I started thinking about leadership and Moses.  When you look at him, you see some mistakes, miscues, and so forth that he made along the way like any leader but you mostly see him as an excellent leader who made mostly  good choices.  Truth be told, no leader ever makes good choices every time but some make them a whole lot more than others.

Moses was certainly a reluctant leader at first and I think that helped him to lead because he was not afraid to ask for help.  When you look at  the life and leadership of Moses you see that he sought God and His direction as he lead.  Moses for the most part did what God wanted him to do. Moses was a leader who took responsibility for his actions and also stood up for those he lead.  When you look at Moses though you also see that he leads with humility.  He did not wait for others to come to him but he went to them. Another aspect of Moses leadership was that he was one who lead because he saw the pain and burden placed on others and wanted to do something about it.  When it comes to leadership, Moses really lead well.

Now Moses older brother Aaron was his right hand man as he lead.  Moses had some sort of speech issue so Aaron was his mouthpiece or spoke what Moses said as seen during the plagues with Pharaoh.  Aaron was a really good right hand man and supported his brother wholeheartedly in the ministry.  Here is the problem – he was a great at being the second in command but as for being able to lead the people for himself, well…let’s just say it was not his thing.

If you take some time and look at Exodus 32 and you will see some of the issues that Aaron had as a leader.  One of the issues that you see in Aaron is his desire to make everyone happy.  That is seen most clearly when Moses is away and Aaron just lets the people do what they want.  when you look at that you see that situation you he is being lead by them not leading them.  As a matter of fact, Aaron joined in and made the golden calf and he did so because he wanted their to be peace and no dissention among the people.  The thing an even decent leader knows is that you will never make everyone happy but that is what Aaron wanted to do.

What you do not see here is Aaron tying to get the people focused on the right things when they wanted to build the calf but he allows them to focus on the wrong things.  You do not see Aaron rebuke or even confront the people about this.  You do see him pushing them toward honoring God which is what a true leader would do but he along with them got led astray.  Something else you see is that Aaron has no moral core that he could lead from – he was lacking in core leadership and apparently lacked a spiritual core as well.  Then what you see is Aaron does not take any responsibility for his poor choices and poor leadership in this circumstance.  Aaron here really messes up but you also see before and after this he is great as a right hand man.

When it comes to leadership, are you an Aaron or a Moses?  Are you an Aaron who is a good second hand man or a Moses who has the ability to lead people?

Some other things I would like your thoughts on:  Do you think that some people are more natural in leading than other?  Do you think Moses was a natural leader or supernaturally blessed?