Men, Obligations, and the Slow Death of Leadership

Fighting for a parking space at the grocery store doesn’t count as adventure.

Neither does juggling a donut, a cup of coffee, and a cell phone during your morning commute.

Many of us wouldn’t recognize adventure if it dragged us kicking and screaming from the workplace. 

Fact is, we’ve lost our sense of adventure. We’ve lost the curiosity we had as boys because every moment of every day is structured and pre-determined. We’ve accepted the lie that more is always better, and we’ve exchanged our connection to family for an unrelenting pursuit of the bottom line. 

Try to remember the last time you allowed your sense of wonder to dictate the events of a day instead of your sense of obligation; the last time you postponed a planned activity because a spontaneous idea was leading you somewhere else.  

Something has gone terribly wrong. 

Men have lost touch with their true selves and with the things in life that truly matter. We have stopped seeking our own answers, instead finding them in our media-saturated world.  

Our connection to nature exists only outside our car windows, and our desire to create has disappeared. 

We’ve stopped using our passions and talents to make something bigger than ourselves, instead choosing to chase commercialism. We’ve adopted the world’s empty priorities and we’ve lost the desire to think for ourselves. 

Worse yet, we’ve stopped caring for ourselves, and we’re stressed out, overwhelmed, and tired as a result. We’re lonely because we’re disconnected from the people immediately around us. 

Our lives are unbalanced and unclear, leaving us unable to lead the people who look to us for direction. 

This is not what our Creator intended for us. 

He designed each of us to lead, whether at home, at work, or in the community. He created you to guide others and provide direction, and to create more leaders along the way. 

He created you to make people feel safe in a world filled with danger. 

If that sounds like a foreign concept, understand that God’s plan isn’t the problem. The problem stems from our decision to listen to the wrong voices; to trust the wrong people; and to search in the wrong places.

I know, because I made those mistakes, too.

Just for today, consider adventure, and wonder, and leadership. Consider which connections you’re nurturing and whether they’re the most important ones. 

The men of Junto Tribe are united on a journey to connect with our Creator and discover who He says that we are. As He leads us, we learn to lead others. 

We’d love for you to journey with us; to find your purpose and to live according to it.  

If your legacy on earth was shaped by the events of today, what would yours look like?

 

 

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