Disciple or Follower? Do it with intentionality
I am all about discipleship, in the classroom, athletic field, workplace and in life. What is discipleship? There are two definitions provided on dictionary.com:
- A follower or student of a teacher, leader or philosopher
- A personal follower of Jesus during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.
Now, you may not be a Jesus Follower or even religious at all, but a common word used in both definitions is FOLLOWER
The same site defines follower as:
- An adherent or devotee of a particular person, cause of activity
- Someone who is tracking a particular person, group, organization, etc. on a social media website or application.
Interesting, isn’t it? A follower is a devotee who watches, pursues, learns from someone else. I didn’t mention that person (the someone) was older, wiser, or even a real person. Most social medias, not all but most, simply are run by a group of people who are the followers not the leader, teacher, some are simply prerecorded to be sent on a timeline day mapped out in advance to be posted or sent.
I have been exposed to several different types of leaders, some worthy of being followed others not so much. I am sure I was one of those leaders in the past. I hope I am growing in my leadership, knowledge and influence each day. I have been burnt by following the wrong leader. I have found success in following the right leader. But most of the time I fall someplace in the middle.. not always winning but not always losing… It is part of life.
If you think only the President of countries, business or schools are leaders? That is wrong. If you think you are not capable of being a leader? That is wrong. If you think leadership isn’t for you? You are wrong. I do not mean to be rude or aggressive but simply put, we all have the capacity and ability to be an amazing leader. Some suggestions to get you started,
- Leaders are learners (Doug Fields), be a learner, read, watch podcasts,
- Leaders are mentored, be a mentee but make sure the person is worth it.
- Leaders are leading, be practicing your skills as you are able
- Leaders are willing, be willing to learn, be mentored and practice
It is ultimately up to you to be discipled, who you follow and inversely who you disciple and are followed by.
Jesus set the example, He chose twelve (those twelve weren’t to worlds best but his future best). He discipled them and taught them. He charged them to be the church when we left the world and they made mistakes along the way.
Be intentional on who you follow and who follows you but be sure to be a disciple and follow well. It will be the legacy you leave behind, in school, in work, in your family and your wor