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The next trait in the series, 7 Traits of a Great Leader, has to do with being a good vessel:
“Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” 2 Tim 2:20-22
Examples of a “dishonorable” vessel:
- trash barrel
- kitty litter box
Examples of an “honorable” vessel:
- serving dish
- flower basket
- pots and pans
- sweet tea pitcher
Dishonorable vessels are made of wood and clay; meant to be hidden or even thrown away after little use. Honorable vessels are made of gold and silver; meant to be kept and put on display.
As leaders, we must be honorable vessels. We carry a variety of things in us; vision, passion, and experience. We have to live and work in a manner that puts these things on display. As vessels, we need to constantly be overflowing! Comunicate your vision loudly and proudly every chance you get. A great friend of mine, Grant Jenkins, is fantastic at consistently communicating his vision for our young adult community group at Cross Point, called Stretch.
“We are imperfect people, living inside our design, building enduring relationships with each other,actively serving the needs of others, and committing to grow deeper in love and faith with Christ.”
The consistent outpouring of that vision is what causes people to fall into line and chase the same goal without specifically being told to. If others ‘catch’ your vision, they take ownership of it. If they own it, they’ll take it just as seriously as you do. You can’t consistently deliver that vision in a compelling way unless you are passionate about it.
Don’t be afraid to get loud. Get worked up. Let your team see it, feel it, and live in it. There’s nothing worse than a passionless leader.
I met with the owner of a startup web company here in Nashville a few months ago just to hear about what they were doing. I won’t share his name or the company’s name, but I can tell you plainly that he had absolutely no passion about it at all.
He lightly shared with me his ‘vision statement’ in a boring and lifeless way. He just didn’t care. I was thoroughly unengaged. I tried to get him motivated, but I can’t say they’re doing very well right now.
You can’t get people to buy in and hop on board with you unless you’re truly passionate about what you’re doing.
What kind of vessel are you?