On Clarity

As a leader, you rarely have certainty, but you should always have clarity.”

— Andy Stanley
“Leading in Uncertain Times”
Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast
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  • http://www.love146.org Rob Morris

    I heard a story of a burnt out Priest who took a sabbatical to visit Mother Teresa. He asked her to pray for him, that he might receive some clarity. She said no. She went on to tell him that clarity was the last thing he was clinging to. Instead, she prayed that he would learn to trust. Because trust is what you do when you don't have clarity. I love that. Takes leadership (and life) to another level. Now if I can only do it…

  • http://www.jjohnsonlive.com Jeff Johnson

    It is true that trust can get you through times when you struggle with hearing clearly from God. As a person who has been doing just that for the last few months I can say that it takes a Clear vision and direction from God to move forward in His plans. If "trust" is the thing He is leading, then most likely moving forward involves some personal growth and development that needs to take place in me. And then when God is ready to use us to reach others… clarity comes, much as it did with Jesus who said that everything He did and taught was just repeated from the clear direction God had given Him.

    • http://www.love146.org Rob Morris

      I think clarity of vision, mission, purpose, etc. is vital. It’s just at times it seems the road is being paved as I walk on it. I’m climbing the mountain, knowing the summit is my goal, but the paths are not always clearly marked. And definitely not paved.
      Maybe clarity has to do with knowing the destination and trust is for the journey?
      “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr.

      • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

        IMHO, vision is necessary to get us moving. But I've been guilty of allowing vision to become presumption of where God is leading. For me, I need clarity to see the step to take, vision to motiviate me to take it, and trust to keep walking when I can't know the final destination.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    When we lack clarity, focus and attention of our flock will be divided and distracted.