It seems that to be a good leader one must be hard-nosed, be able to confront challenges, be ready to disciple even to the point of firing someone. Based on that criteria Jesus was not a very good leader, although somehow he's been a major influence to the entire earth for over two millennium. Somehow he is my model of leadership and since Jesus didn't match the criteria of hard-nosed, although he stood his ground, he, and hence I, must be light weights.
Over the years I have become more and more sensitive to others' joys and sorrows. In either case, tears swell up in my eyes; either with the joy or with the sorrow; including the movie this evening: Pete's Dragon. It was a great family story although the intensity of violence and fear makes it a bit inappropriate for toddlers. The sensitivity and kindness of the dragon, the evolving familial relationships among several family members, the decisions displaying love all jerked on my heart or at least caused the tear ducts to activate.
In some ways this light weight attitude fits into the ideas of relationships in the community and groups. I wish to be supportive and I wish to not engage in the confrontational decisions. So as this evening comes to an end, after a day of catching my breath after a very hot week zapping the strength from my body and a week of heavy involvement in VBS, I will sleep well looking forward to a cooler week focused on some of the items on my bucket list.