HAVE YOU SEEN BLACK PANTHER YET?!
If not, why not?! Watch the trailer, spend some cash, and enjoy one of Marvel’s greatest movies ever!
Spoiler alert: there’s a good guy, a couple bad guys, a pivotal movie moment, and the good guy wins. Shock. I’m sorry. We all had no idea it was going to happen…
In the movie there are two key characters, Prince T’Challa (The Black Panther) and Killmonger (The Villain – obviously, his name has KILL in it.) These two are both men of incredible skill and ability, both have overcome difficult life situations and both have a dream. In the eyes of the world, both men have the ability to be great warriors and great leaders… yet only one has the character to match. Towards the end of the movie Killmonger takes the throne from T’Challa meaning The Royal Guard, Wakanda’s best warriors now fight for him… even though his character stinks! It is Prince T’Challa’s character that changes the mind of The Royal Guard to move from their oath to the throne, to their love for the man. In doing so T’Challa regains the throne and in traditional Marvel fashion, there is a happy ending!
I wonder what’s more important in identifying a leader… the character, or the abilities?
The apostle Paul wrote to his young friend Timothy about this whole topic. Timothy was a young leader, and was evidently finding things tough. He was receiving some opposition because of his age and was probably questioning his abilities as a leader. Paul (as far as we know) wrote two letters to Timothy, encouraging him and teaching him what it looks like to be a great leader in the Church. Have a read below at some of things Paul says are the essential signs of a leader:
3 1-7 If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.
8-13 The same goes for those who want to be servants in the church: serious, not deceitful, not too free with the bottle, not in it for what they can get out of it. They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first. If they show they can do it, take them on. No exceptions are to be made for women—same qualifications: serious, dependable, not sharp-tongued, not overfond of wine. Servants in the church are to be committed to their spouses, attentive to their own children, and diligent in looking after their own affairs. Those who do this servant work will come to be highly respected,
a real credit to this Jesus-faith.
Did you see that? Did you see what Paul said?
Some signs that you might be a leader, have very little to do with your abilities, but predominately to do with your character!
Paul identifies two abilities that are beneficial for a leader in the church: (1) they can teach. (2) they are able to manage tasks.
But he identifies four times us many characteristics that are essential for a good leader: (1) Healthy relationships. (2) Gentle. (3) Generous. (4) Wise. (5) Doesn’t abuse alcohol or drugs. (6) Cares deeply about family. (7) Honest and encouraging. (8) Good reputation.
If you identify any of these characteristics and abilities in yourself or in others around you, you are seeing the signs of a potential leader. If you consider yourself a leader and are not exampling this character, you might have to take some time to reasess.
One question I always ask to anyone who tells me that they are a leader is “Who is following you?” And secondly “Do you like the person that person is becoming?”
“You don’t need a title to be a leader, you need the character.”
*Take 5 minutes and watch this awesome story by Drew Dudley.