The Leadership Journey – Letters to an Intern

#1 – So, You Want to Be a Leader

Ryan, today you leave the classroom of Moody Bible Institute to begin an internship in leadership development. Your journey will be focused on spiritual leadership. You will lead people to find Jesus, become more like Jesus and serve Jesus.

This journey never really ends. You will keep growing and learning while God keeps stretching and refining you. God’s track for you will undoubtedly take you to mountaintops of achievements and accomplishments. But, you will find yourself as well in the valleys of discouragement, rejection and failure. While there will be refreshing times along mountain streams, don’t be surprised to find yourself in desert places, parched and empty.

At times people will sing your praises while at other times people’s comments and criticism could drive you to question your calling.

Your preparation in the private spaces will prepare you for effective, spiritual influence in the public spaces. Without the former, you are an accident waiting to happen in the latter.

One of the greatest spiritual leaders of all time once wrote to his followers, “… my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” (Galatians 4:19)

I have it on good report that “anguish of childbirth” is not enjoyable. So Ryan, why would you want to be a spiritual leader if you are almost guaranteed to have your heart broken, be frequently misunderstood and have pains equivalent to childbirth? On your leadership journey you will discover a thousand reasons to be on that journey and to stay on it.

The reason that supersedes them all is that this is the journey God has called you to. He will be with you every step of the way!