What does it mean to operate with Salt & Light Leadership? I woke up this morning, hearing the voice of my Papaw singing (a little off key), “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand…..all other ground is sinking sand.” He was a GREAT man and so was my Daddy. I remember the day I knelt before them both at the altar of our church in 1994 and received my ordination into the ministry.
The scripture read over me that day was from Matthew 5:14, which reads, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp-stand so it can give light to all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
That day, I accepted the calling to “go into all of the world and preach the GOOD NEWS to everyone.” It was at that moment that I realized my life was no longer my own, but I had been bought by God with a hefty price and I would live a life of servant leadership. And much like Ethan Hunt from the movie, Mission Impossible, I had accepted the mission to go and do whatever was required of me in each season of my life with a willingness to live and , having done ALL to stand for that mission. Usually, that required me to step into roles that carried heavy responsibilities and I would even question my own abilities to perform on that level. However, when you are SENT by God with what seems to be an impossible vision, HE is the one who gives the PROVISION to empower you to execute on the plan with absolute precision.
Sometimes, I, too, feel like giving up just like the rest of the world. But then I awaken to realize that this life is a vapor and I have only ONE CHANCE to leave a monumental impact on the earth. My reactions to life are the BEST way to show my children how to fight the GOOD fight of a warrior. They will not remember the money I made, they will remember my responses to adversity and how I reacted when the times got tough. That is why warriors get back up and despite the wounds of war…..THEY FIGHT.
When I accepted my ordination back in 1994, I had to decide what I would fight for in life. What would I serve? Would I serve money, man, mansions, corporate agendas or seek the popularity of masses? Or would I live, breath, fight for and serve THE ONE that holds the future in His hands? Would I make HIS voice the one I listen to and whose missions I accept to pursue? I chose BIG that day. I chose to live for the audience of one….THE ONE. I chose to take my orders and my applause from THE ONE. Interestingly enough, when you fight for a KING like that, you will attain a lot of spoils, and the companies, people and family you fight for win, as well.
In 2014, you will be given many opportunities to choose who or what you will fight for in life. Choose your battles wisely. Is a fight with your wife really the battle you have been sent to win? Is a fight with your peers to get your own way really worth the pain, emotions or toxic damage it will do to your armor? Here is a tip for emerging warriors: FIGHT THE RIGHT BATTLES — those battles of values and significance.