For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:48
Recently Jacob got in trouble in chorus for talking and messing around. His teacher texted me to let me know of the incident and shared that she would be suspending his guitar lessons until he could be more respectful. Much to her surprise I thanked her for letting me know and for having a consequence for him. I told her I would follow up with him and he would be apologizing for his behavior. We agreed to touch base in a week to make sure the behavior was improving. When I discussed it with Jacob he agreed he had been a brat in her class. We discussed the guitar lessons and he said he thought she was blackmailing him with taking these away. I explained that it wasn’t blackmail and that it was a consequence for his actions. For every action there is a consequence sometimes good and sometimes bad. We continued our discussion about respecting teachers and elders and making sure that we are leading by example. She shared the following week that he had apologized and that his behavior was much better. She hoped it stayed that way as he is a leader in class. As I was sharing the follow up with Jacob about what she shared Andrew piped in with “he is not a leader”. Wow, jealous much! I laughed and explained that we are all leaders in life. Sometimes we may not know that we are in a position of leading others but that doesn’t make our behavior any less impactful. Everyone is a leader given the right circumstance. Pretty sure he mumbled under his breath as he walked away “not Jacob”.
I would like to challenge you this week to really think about all the times that you are leaders in your day to day lives. You have so many opportunities to lead by example in the healthcare setting alone. Often times you are making significant impacts in people’s lives and not even realizing it. I had the pleasure of taking my mother-in-law home on Easter Sunday after her joint replacement. At discharge she was struggling to get her oxygen level to where it needed to be to be discharged. She was fortunate to have Jamie Dickens as her aide that day. Jamie was so sweet, encouraging and comforting. She set the tone for the room and led with calm helping my mother-in-law to relax and be discharged home. I am positive that Jamie had no idea that she was leading us as a group during this time, but she did a phenomenal job of it. There are literally thousands of opportunities a day to lead, seize those opportunities and make a difference.
“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.” ― John D. Rockefeller Jr.