I desire to be great at whatever I do. Preaching, teaching, singing, whatever. It's always been a part of who I am. I'm a relatively competitive person, and so that may have something to do with it. But whatever the root-cause I just can't stop striving to be great at the things I do.
Now, some years back I did surrender the idea of being the greatest at any given thing. If you remember only one thing from this post, please remember there's a world of difference between trying to be great and trying to be the greatest. One is attainable the other as elusive as a unicorn.
In my pursuit to be great, I did discover some things worth sharing. Today's blog is just a candid look at a few of those things.
1. To be a great teacher listen to great teachers.
You don't have to agree with everything a great teacher teaches to learn how to be a great teacher. In the Church world, there are several great teachers with whom I disagree vehemently, but there gifting is undeniable.
2. To be a great thinker engage with great thinkers.
Thinking is like a game of chess unless you're engaging with other thinkers your just an idle mind. You're just playing solitaire. Great thinkers will challenge you to think great!
3. To be a great leader follow great leaders.
The greatest leaders follow. I'm sure you've heard something like that before, and it's true. It's in following we grow to lead great ourselves. This is exactly what the apostles did, and consequently, they each became great in their own right.
In conclusion, I still desire to be great, not the greatest but great. To get there, I'm going to keep following these three ideas.
What are some things that have helped you to pursue great?