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by Steven Hieronymus on May 13th, 2011

I think one of the greatest verses of leadership in the Bible comes from Joshua 24:15, where
Joshua challenges his people to choose, but then quickly states “but as for me and my house,
we will serve the LORD." For various reasons I have been thinking upon leading and
leadership, so thought I would go ahead and write (blog – strange word) about it today.

The Lord has blessed me with a tremendous family heritage of men who have stepped up and been a strong leaders for their families. These influencers include a grandfather, my father and my father in law, men who love the Lord and have led their families. I lost my grandfather in 1986, but the impressions he made upon my life were very deep. I greatly appreciate my father in law and the relationship that we have been able to establish and foster over the past three plus decades. He too has provided cautious words of guidance and been an example in many ways to me. I simply cannot say enough about my father, a man who loves and leads in a manner that people cannot help but notice. My father was a strong business leader, an impactful leader in church service over the years, but of course his greatest role was in leading his family. Many of you have met my father and know that he is now experiencing the ravages of cancer, which combined with his many other health challenges have left his physical presence a mere shadow of his previous self. It pains me to know his daily struggle, yet when I see and speak to him I see and hear a giant of a man, one who radiates in the confidence and peace from being a child of the King, one who has words of wisdom and the walk that has carried the words expressed. I see and hear a man who has led well and has inspired his family and others to know the author of his strength - Jesus.

From my current perspective of life I still have in view the legacy of my grandfather, my father in law and my father, while also viewing my son & son-in-law as well as my new grandson (Isaiah). I find myself inspired yet challenged to be the leader that God would have me to be and to become. There is a great song out by Sanctus Real called – “Lead Me”. I think the closing verses well express my thoughts, so I have included them for you.

So Father, give me the strength
To be everything I'm called to be
Oh, Father, show me the way
To lead them
Won't You lead me?

To lead them with strong hands
To stand up when they can't
Don't want to leave them hungry for love,
Chasing things that I could give up

I'll show them I'm willing to fight
And give them the best of my life
So we can call this our home
Lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone
Father, lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone
I pray that the men of our church family will step up to follow the Father and then lead. I might suggest to our men to take the opportunity to get in a Life Group, challenge yourself to grow spiritually and add accountability in your life. As the song says we can’t do this alone so seek the Father and strong Christian counsel as we all do life together.

Thank you Lord for: saving me, for guiding me, providing me wisdom and strength and for the family legacy you provided to me.

To my father: I know that you have not been able to physically run since you were a teenager, but you have run a great race and you have victory. Tales will be told, stories shared and your leadership legacy will continue to impact and point your family toward faith in the Lord.

Thanks Dad!

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