Here’s a little tip for ya, stop thinking you’re too young. It is so contagious in this world to think that because you are young you can’t really have a leadership roll, but we need to remember that this is so not the case. Before we continue on, I want us to understand what a leader is. Leadership could be having the courage to speak up when no one else will like Esther (Esther 4:13-5:2). Or it could be standing up for faith when no one else will like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego (Daniel 3:1-12). Or it also could be showing that you are willing to run away from sinful situations even when you probably won’t get caught like Joseph (Genesis 39:6-12). I also want to encourage you in other ways, like public speaking, leading service projects, setting up prayer groups, etc. Leadership encompasses many aspects of our life.
Now, I want to explain to you the damage that it could put on you if you don’t take up a role right now. Imagine you are a teenager (which quite possibly you are), and you decide that it is not your place to be a leader yet, so you wait until you are in college, because then you will be more mature and ready to take on the job. Now you’re in college, and you still have to make the decision to be a leader, well guess what? Now you’re older and the pressure is still there, but now it is possibly even harder. Because more people around you have already taken initiative at this point in their life, and so its hard for you to jump up and be a leader. What about if you wait until after college? It’s even worse, because now you are jumping into a world of leaders, and unfortunately it is tough to take initiative. Unfortunately there are so many people that have a hard time taking up a leadership role even late in their life, and why is this? It’s because they never started.
So please, take that leap! I would be lying if I said being a leader is easy, and I would also be lying if I said that being a leader isn’t scary. It’s hard work, and it is scary business. In certain ways you have to be a trail blazer. You have to take your idea, or someone else’s, and make it a reality. You have to stand up when no one else will, and show them that you are a Christian, and you are proud of it (this can even be a struggle around Christian friends sometimes unfortunately). But the job must be done, someone must be a leader, so I need to ask you, are you ready to take the leap?
- Adam M. Warnes