Ok, so itâ€™s happened. I sit down at the computer to write my blog and my mind is blank. Well not really blank, but there are some things that I would love to write on (venting), but it not a wise move to put that kind of stuff on the internet. There are also some things in the mix that I just canâ€™t talk about. Either it would affect other people or simply is just private. This is one of those things about leadership that I never really understood until I was the leader.
As a pastor I am privy to a lot of â€œinsideâ€ information, but I do not have the freedom to do anything with that information. Even if I know something embarrassing or sinful about a person, they could blast me in public, but I canâ€™t use this â€œammunitionâ€ to blast back. Iâ€™m supposed to the spiritual leader and mature one â€“ so I pray. So I take it, and deal with it, and it usually always passes over. So, I show them respect, love, and grace even when they do not (do unto others, etcâ€¦). God has always been faithful to take care of me, my wife, and my family and there is also a lot of truth in â€œyou reap what you sow.â€
But sometimes it just about kills me to not talk about exciting things God might be bringing our way (but I know that itâ€™s not the right time, so I have to remain quiet) or to blast someone when they are trying to hurt me, my ministry, or family. Donâ€™t worry this hasnâ€™t happened that often. Usually the things I have to keep quiet on are things God seems to be orchestrating and itâ€™s too soon to unveil the plan. Then when the time is right, I speak and tell others.
So the leadership principle of the day is â€œkeep your mouth shut until God tells you to let the people know whatâ€™s going on.â€ I have also found that God usually is working in other peopleâ€™s heart as well showing them a different part of the puzzle.