Brian McLaren states “One of my friends years ago said to me (we were both pastors), “Brian, I think the biggest challenge that we pastors [face] is whether we want to be better than we appear or appear better than we are.” He said, “I’m really trying to make it my goal to be better than I appear, but it’s such a temptation.” . . .
Being a leader is so tough, humans are quick to loan and judge and there is a fine line between protecting ourselves whilst being as real and transparent as we can.
People want Simone to look up to and lead but pedestals are dangerous as they can be pre stupidly balanced on there at times.
So maybe grounding is key , starting the day before God knowing that we are a sinner saved by grace is good and so is having a good friend to hold you to account.
I love that Pope Francis’ first public talk when he was elected, this strange bishop from Argentina, they said, “Who are you?” The first words out of his mouth were, “I’m a sinner.”
What a great example of leadership and honesty.
Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation
From the Center for Action and Contemplation