I noticed something the other day. It went something like this, “My name is _____ _____ and I’m a blogger/pastor/leader of 20-somethings (pick any age group you like), looking to change the world for Jesus Christ and His glory.”
If I had a dime for every time I read that as a bio on someone’s Twitter page or blog, I’d be a very rich man. Talking about yourself like this communicates a desire to be something that you cannot choose for yourself. You’re a leader? Says who?
This reminds me of something I heard Erwin McManus say that rocked me:
“Whoever tells the best story, shapes the culture.”
Telling a great story is much more than using words, because the way we live communicates much more than our words.
You want to be a leader of people? Then lead. Talk is cheap.
The people who are the best at what they do, don’t take time to explain what they do, they do it. Leaders become leaders, not by talking about leadership, but by stepping forward and leading.
We spend too much time thinking of ourselves as arrived, rather than becoming something more through the hard work of living well.