On Sunday evening, March 17, seventeen of our boys and girls competed in this years Bible Drill program in front of our Sunday night congregation. At the close of the program, I called each one of them leaders. There were many reasons why I identified them as leaders. Perhaps, one of the main reasons that I addressed them as such may surprise you. You see, these seventeen children chose to be vulnerable. They risked standing in front of a group of people and being wrong. They didn’t let feelings of inadequacy and failure prevent them from competing. In short, they were willing to look ‘less than’, for the sake of the greater good.
The Bible tells the story of many ordinary people that I consider to be great leaders. These people were risk takers. They were willing to look foolish and risk failing while obeying God and acting in faith. A shepherd boy by the name of David must have looked incredibly foolish when he marched out to meet Goliath. Elijah probably looked like he was destined for failure when he went against 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah. And what about Noah constructing a giant ship in the middle of nowhere?
In the end, these God-fearing people, these ordinary people, were highly successful in the sight of Almighty God and generations of people. Godly success is a matter of choice, not chance. Our Bible Drill children choose faith over fear. They choose risk over playing it safe and I’m proud of each one of them!
Blessings, Dr. Joe