All my adult life I’ve heard “Practice makes perfect”, but it wasn’t until
I started taking piano lessons that I found this saying was wrong. My piano teacher would tell me to slow down
and learn the song at a slower tempo, and gradually increase the tempo, so that
when I get to the tempo that the song was composed at, I will have practiced it
perfectly and therefore perfected the song.
He said that I could practice the song wrong, and eventually I would
perfectly master the song wrong.
St. John chapter 13 shows
Jesus washing his disciples’ feet; identifying the one who would betray him; giving
his followers a new commandment and telling Peter that he will deny him three
times before the rooster crows. This chapter demonstrates the love that Jesus
has for everyone, no matter what they may do or say to him.
In washing his disciples’
feet, Jesus demonstrates that a leader must be a servant, and be willing to
bend and minister, not considering their own comfort. In identifying his
betrayer, Jesus showed compassion on Judas by not turning the others against
him at that moment.
There are several challenges that leaders in a Church face. I firmly believe that all challenges come to make us grow and conform us to the image of Christ; therefore challenges are to be appreciated. The first challenge that I will deal with is:
(1) Inconsistency of those whom you are leading.
We in the Church are in the people business and people are for the most part "Unpredictable." This unpredictability leads to inconsistency, which can lead to frustration on the leaders part.