The WHY Behind The WHAT

Leaders find people questioning what they do all the time. Leaders are setting a course that not everyone will understand, grab the full picture or agree with. But every leader has a WHY behind their WHAT. They have reasons bigger than one person or a group of people. Leaders see a BIGGER picture of what is possible – that’s why they are the leader.

So many people want to be the leader, but they never put in the blood, sweat, and tears that the leader has invested. When Mary and I first started the church (nearly 10 years ago) I used to write down all the time I prayed for the church. I stopped at 6,778 hours of prayer – that’s a lot of prayer – that’s about 282 days praying for God to do something historic through our church.  I have faced my share of criticism from people – ranging from why we don’t have a cross on our stage, to the songs we sing, to the way I dress, to the lighting and smoke machines, to the way I preach. I could keep going, but my response is always the same, “When you have prayed 6,778 hours for God to give you a vision for this church then you can tell us WHAT to do.” You don’t get much argument after that.

Anyone who knows me well knows that there is always a WHY behind WHAT I do. There is a strategic thought that I am working through, a vision that I see or a goal I am embracing. I seldom do anything by accident.

Few see the bigger picture.

I have discovered that most people view life through their own lens. Instead of seeing the good reasons why things are being done – they discuss, create and negate the leaders effectiveness by questioning the WHAT instead of seeing the WHY. Here’s why – followers have a hard time seeing the big picture – that’s why they are not the leader.

Leaders see generations ahead.

I have learned from some incredible leaders in my lifetime and all of the growing, passionate, incredible leaders that I watch change the world are seeing generations ahead. They are looking beyond where we are to where we should be. They don’t just see a current generation – they are thinking about generations ahead.

Small minds attack big dreams.

No matter what you do in life, leadership and even ministry there will always be attacks and lateral energy. It’s those who cannot see the larger picture that attack the larger picture. They don’t understand all details or reasons so they be-little the dream or components of the dream. Leaders must understand, small minds will never embrace the big dream. They cannot see the WHY behind the WHAT!

The reasons are bigger than the actions.

When a leader charts a course they usually see what others cannot see. They have reasons for their decisions that they often cannot explain. And some times they should not have to explain them (leaders should be trusted – if you can’t trust them – maybe they should not be your leader). The majority of leaders have a reason for every decision. They are thinking through the larger possibilities. They have reasons bigger than the actions.

I know that everyone has preferences. I have them. But preferences are just that – preferred values. It does not make what I do wrong or what someone else thinks wrong. I remember hearing this thought several years ago: “What is right or wrong? Well, that depends on who is in charge.” So true.

If you are a leader – be ready for attacks. They are constant – especially if you are making a difference.

If you are not a leader – support those God placed you under. They need encouragement not constant criticism.

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