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Each man will flavor leadership in his own unique ways. And we should not let our failure to measure up to the expectations of others hold us back from the duty God has given us. We must courageously provide those within the realm of our influence with what they need to thrive.

Leaders are often looked to as the one with all the answers. And certainly leaders should be well informed. But this doesn’t mean leaders have to be the smartest one in the room. In fact, the best leaders are often surrounded by those who are smarter and who can advise him in areas he doesn’t know as much about.

While offering general direction and making tough decisions, part of the task of leadership is to simply provide what’s needed for others to do their job.  And this remains true when it comes to providing the spiritual leadership needed in our homes.

Our wife, for example, might have more Bible knowledge than we do. But this doesn’t disqualify us from leadership. Of course, we should commit to growing in our knowledge of God and his word. All the same, part of our leadership is simply ensuring our wife can continue in her journey of spiritual maturity. As such, even when we cannot match her spiritual intellect, we can still proactively find the sermons, books, and other resources needed to support her spiritual growth.  And in this way we are providing leadership.

To be sure, this is not an excuse to neglect our own growth. And leadership will often expose those undone parts of our story that still need attention. At the same time, we don’t have to let the fear of ignorance or of otherwise not measuring up hold us back from the leadership we can provide.

In the end, continue to grow in your spiritual knowledge and wisdom. And remember leadership doesn’t require you to know everything. Your duty includes simply providing what is needed.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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