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Leading with Humility

Those who strive to be an example and lead the way for others at times find themselves not knowing exactly what to do. This is true for those who lead in the business world, in their homes, in their faithful and godly conduct, and certainly in the church. Pressure, expectations, and unforeseen events can mount causing one to feel overwhelmed. Such potential stress may cause a person not to want to be a leader in the first place. Furthermore, if one is already trying to lead the way for others, these and other factors might create a desire to give up, to stop being a leader. If one has never felt this way, then they are most likely too prideful to recognize the weight of their responsibility. Thus, humility is a quality that is necessary in good leadership.

It could be argued that perhaps Abraham Lincoln faced the greatest challenge and responsibility of any other President this country has ever had. His job was to lead this nation during a time when opposing factions battled daily to tear it apart. There were no doubt times when the task seemed impossible, and improbable at best. One of those times came after the Union Army suffered another terrible loss at the Second Battle of Bull Run in August of 1862. Shortly thereafter, President Lincoln, in his humble ways, stated: “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for that day” (586, The American Patriots Bible). Lincoln recognized that the knowledge and abilities of men were not enough. He had the humility to know that something greater was needed, and that something was God.

President Lincoln was not only humble in knowing that he needed to turn to God, but also in understanding the importance of his role of leading other people. Many lives were in his hands, as well as the state of our country. His actions displayed that he knew that “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 3:6). Being a leader of any kind can be a lot to deal with at times. However, if he or she possesses humility, trusts in God, and puts the needs of others first, then no task is too big to overcome.

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