Samuel said to Saul…”Is it not true, that though you were little in your own eyes, you were made the head…?” – 1 Samuel 15: 16-17
We are who we think we are.
Saul was the first King of Israel and not even Hollywood could have cast a better character for the role. He was tailor-made for the part.
Saul by all accounts was tall, dark and handsome with a commanding presence. Strikingly handsome. Even more, he was hand-picked by God to rule. It doesn't get any better than that!
Yet Saul suffered from low self-esteem. He had the right look, but the wrong mindset.
As the prophet Samuel was speaking to Saul, telling him that God had selected him as king, Saul said wait a minute, “Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?” (1 Samuel 9:21)
He couldn’t believe that he of all people had been chosen to lead a nation. Not only did he come from a tribe considered the least among the twelve tribes, but his family was the least of the least tribe.
Saul was appointed, anointed, cheered and revered. Yet, he saw himself as a little weasel, coming from a family of little weasels and could not fathom himself being viewed as anything but the same little weasel, not the great leader of a great nation God had chosen him to be.
His insecurity ended up leading to his downfall. Why? Because he led from a small-minded disposition which later cost him his position.
No matter if on paper you’re the leader or if your name and title are on the door; or who singles you out to lead - you can only be the leader you think you are and the leader you see staring back at you from the mirror. What others think and see won't matter if you think of yourself and see yourself as just the opposite.
Leadership begins in the mind, then flows to our heart and outwardly to others. How we view life and leadership will be a direct reflection of how we view ourselves. We lead from the inside out.
Has God made you the head, yet you can only see see yourself as the tail?
Though she began with ducks, the ugly duckling always knew on the inside she was anything but. How about you? When you look inside yourself who do you see?
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” - Henry Stanley Haskins
Published on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 @ 2:13 PM CDT