there's only one hero
My family and I recently received grave news of a spreading cancer that outwitted chemo, and trumped our prayers. This news caused me to want to be the hero - to save the situation and everyone involved. When I got that call, I looked around, and said to myself, “This story is missing a hero, I guess that person is going to be me.” And you know what, I have actually said that same thing in my leadership many times. I don’t know about you, fellow leader, but I have found myself looking around and thinking, this story has all the characters present except the hero. I assume that because I am the leader, I am equally the hero. This assumption isn’t always bad, but it isn’t always true either.
When leading people, it is totally okay, and incredibly honorable to want to be a safety net for people when they are submerged in life situations, some that come unplanned, some that were created. To take it further, I believe this desire is innate in most leaders. I encourage you to continue to stoke that flame of providing safety, and blessing for those you lead. BUT, may this all be done with the understanding that there is ONLY ONE hero in the story. This role cannot be shared or part shared with anyone. When someone is a hero, they are fully the hero - they hold the title unanimously.
In each story I have ever lived through or stepped into, the Hero has unanimously been one person: Jesus Christ. As much as I want to share that title with him, I cannot. He provides the healing, He brings the clarity, and He softens the heart. And because he is the Hero, and the only one, I can remain the leader who is confident to lead but not save. A hero can be partially defined as the main character of a story, movie or play. This definition releases me to be the leader but not the main character.
I cannot heal my brother-in-law of his cancer, only Jesus. I cannot save each girl who attends my Light Group each Thursday evening, only Jesus can. I cannot save each first time guest who walks through the doors of HL, only Jesus can. I cannot save each person on my team, only Jesus can. I can only be the leader who knows the Hero. Thank you Jesus for being the ONLY ONE.