There’s a lot of comparing going on. I guess this is nothing new. Helpful comparing and contrasting of methods and ideas can be healthy and helpful.
But too often, our insecurities cause us to not compare methods and ideas, but compare ourselves – our person – to others who we thing better than we.
This is not helpful. Indeed it is counter productive and can be debilitating.
We should always be thinking about ideas and methods, but recognize that those ideas and methods are not us.
We disciples of Jesus are created, gifted and guided by God. When we replace relationship with our Father and wisdom from above with a book, a blog or a podcast, we’ve begun to learn leadership from the led, not the leader.
I remind myself of this:
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV)
Consider the great accomplishments of Paul. He recognized it was the guiding hand of God he followed.
So, fellow disciple, as you love to read books and blogs about leadership and ideas and methods, be sure to balance that input with input from a healthy dose of your Heavenly Father through a disciplined life of personal spiritual development.