Leading with Integrity, Self-Discipline, & the Bearing of Burdens
Today, CrossChurchSchool.com welcomes guest writer, Luke Humphrey. Luke is a Resident Minister in the Cross Church School of Ministry serving in the C3 College Ministry, Fayetteville Campus. He is from Arlington, Texas and graduated from the University of Arkansas.
Every time I think about leadership, I find myself getting lost in one detail after another. I am continually reminded of the complexity and the necessity for leadership. Growing up, I always found it difficult to explain the concept of leadership to people or give insight into my personal leadership style. I didn’t know how to voice it. I am someone who is naturally gifted with certain leadership skills, yet I have had a difficult time understanding how it all works. Some are born with various gifting in leadership, but I have come to believe that everyone must commit to learning and applying. As I have stepped into the young adult world and I am now working in ministry, through study, reflection, and affirmation, I have been able to identify three key components to my style of leadership that I hope can provide guidance in your life. I believe I have much to learn, but I am thankful the Lord has blessed me with these foundational truths.
All my life, through sports, church, school, and other activities, I have recognized the significance of self-discipline. Everyone I look up to in adulthood seems to have incredible discipline in areas of their lives that allows them to excel far beyond the base-line. Self-discipline is simply your ability to control and motivate yourself, stay on track and do what is right. Hebrews 12:11 says, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it”. As an example, I have become disciplined in the way I treat my mornings. From someone who used to sleep in until the last minute, I have become proficient in waking up before the sun and spending time in prayer and God’s word. This was no easy task, but has been so valuable to my relationship with my King. It also has the benefit of boosting productivity which is a grand perk.
2. Bearing Burdens
The next aspect of leadership that I have become aware of in my life is not as simple, and a bit more difficult to explain because of how personal it is to me. As a leader, I have found that much of my drive is built around carrying others burdens. Many times, this burden I believe is God-produced within me just as Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”. My greatest burden of all is reaching the lost and sharing and showing them the love of Jesus. This central burden has a way of manifesting itself into many different people. For example, when I was in college, the Lord placed a heavy burden on my heart to reach my fraternity for Jesus. For the rest of my time at my secular university, I had a personal mission to pray, evangelize to, and love on the men in my fraternity. This same burden augmented itself into reaching guys in other fraternities and intentionally praying that Jesus would shine through the sin-soaked culture. I have found that as I have matured in my faith, I am less driven, and more drawn to lead.
My third leadership principle is one that has proven itself invaluable time and time again. It is a principle that had been preached to me throughout my childhood. This is known as integrity, a characteristic that our flesh is quick to rival. Our sin nature seeks out self satisfaction, and when we find ourselves in situations that provide an easy way out or an unfair advantage, many times our first thought is to take it and feed ourselves a lie that no one will find out. C.S. Lewis’s famous quote states that integrity is “doing the right thing when no one is watching”. In Proverbs 11:20, we read “God can’t stand deceivers, but oh how He relishes integrity”.
Being a person of integrity can be difficult at times. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit has a way of speaking into our souls when we are faced with a situation that would require integrity.
My intention for this blog is to provide three leadership principles that have biblical truth and physical success. The world needs more leaders that are disciplined, burdened to serve, and trustworthy. I hope that these will provide you with helpful information that can be implemented into leading others well. Always remember that “we can be confident, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 1:6)