When was the last time you went on record?
Whether you feel you have enough knowledge of a situation or not, people are waiting for you to set the vibe.
Lorne Michaels, producer and creator of Saturday Night Live, modeled this in a New York Post article:
NY Post: Do you think the show will be around in 10 years?
Lorne: Yes, is probably the answer. I’ll do it as long as I possibly can. I love it and I think it’s important.
Whether he ends up right or wrong, Lorne Michaels created a standard for others to look at, resonate with, or push back on.
Students will wait for this from you.
Volunteer leaders, parents, your church leadership, and more are also waiting for you to explain what the future is going to look like.
This is the case… even though it shouldn’t be this way.
If all things were pure and righteous, others around you would seek God for themselves and discover what he said on their own. They would then begin to personally live in obedience to him on that and incrementally find that others were doing the same. Somehow you’d all end up together in the process of pursuing the same God and his same goals.
But as the Bible reveals, God’s people would often rather cry out for a human king than a divine one.
“But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” (1 Samuel 8:19-20)
Which means that some days you will play that role.
Most days, you have to be the leader who goes on record.
Maybe in doing so, you will raise up others (students, volunteers, children, etc.) who will do the same.
But some days, it’s just you.