The Passionate Christian Leader
The Christian leader that builds his role on Christ-centered bedrock is blessed with a sound foundation for setting priorities and is more faithfully followed because those he leads know the basis for his direction. There are certain non-negotiables for setting appropriate priorities:
Identify and clearly state the fundamental beliefs that you won’t compromise. Determine and clearly state your top allegiances. Who will you be able to go to for counsel when your emotions and personal interests get in the way of setting sound priorities? What do you do to refresh your non-negotiables each morning? How do your non-negotiables mesh with the professional responsibilities you have?
Jonathan Edwards, the fiery evangelist, was an example of a Christian leader who was passionate and focused. Here are some of his resolutions.
Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live. Resolved, that I will live so, as I shall wish I had done when I come to die. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.