The other night my wife and I were driving back to our home but still several miles away. We pulled up behind a Lexus SUV at a stoplight. When the light turned green, the driver didn’t move. I inched up some, hoping my lights would help him realize the light had turned. He finally pulled away and we quickly began to notice some swerving and veering in and out of the lane. As we were coming to our next cross street to turn, the Lexus turned too. Now we were on a long straightaway behind him.
As we followed a few car lengths back, the driver would swerve way over into the other lane, then overcorrect and almost hit the curb. In a 40 MPH stretch, he would slow down to 15, then speed up to 45, constantly varying.
Just before we got to our neighborhood, I told my wife this guy has got to be drunk so I got out my phone to call the police with the license number. After following for about 6 miles, I had seen enough that he was indeed severely impaired.
But, then, he turned into our neighborhood with us following. Now, I decide we just follow to see what house he goes to. As we started up our street, he slowed way down … at each mailbox and each cross street. It was then we realized, this guy is not drunk at all, he’s been trying to follow the maps on his phone.
If you’re a man, you are leading someone. Possibly many. I know there are men who read this blog weekly whose decisions impact hundreds, if not thousands of people.
When people follow us, are they able to feel confident in the direction we’re traveling and the way we’re “driving?”
When we lead, are they assured we’re making sober decisions or are we reacting like a guy reading a map instead of watching the road?
A leader is not someone who has arrived at the destination and tells everyone how to get there, but one who is out in front, constantly learning, confidently navigating the twists and turns to lead those who come behind safely to success for the benefit of all.
You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me. —Psalm 119:1-8 MSG