Jackie mentioned to me last night that she noticed something recently. She has been taking some exercise classes, and some of the people who lead them aren’t physically fit themselves. I’ve observed that with trainers I’ve seen as well. I don’t think we expect people who lead us toward physical fitness to be perfect, but we do expect them to be a little bit ahead of us, and we want to be able to see an example of what we might look like if we do what they do.
As I was thinking about this, I remembered that I lead people too. Not physically, but spiritually. It made me wonder if people look at me and think the same thing. Am I spiritually fit? I guess I better be if I want lead them well. They probably expect me to be a little bit ahead of them, and they want to see what they will look like if they follow my leadership.
I think it’s a question we can all ask in every area that we lead.