Having lunch with my hero.

Today I got to have lunch with one of my hero's.  I'm not going to drop names; that would be rude.  But it will be an experience that I will never forget for the rest of my life.

I consider this person to be a Level 5 leader.  This kind of leader, according to John Maxwell, is a person whom you would follow because of who they are and what they represent.  A level of influence that very few people achieve.  Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Jack Welch and others like them would fall into this category.

1 Cor 11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Paul, a Level 5 leader, told the church in Corinth to do what He was doing.  As he followed Jesus, they could be confident that his actions wouldn't lead them astray.  It takes lots of confidence to say this as a leader, but I believe I  understand how he could say this even better now after today.

Humility -  Prideful boasting always focuses on one's self.  Praise always lifts someone else up.
Appreciation - A genuine appreciation of who other people are and what they do.
Singular purpose - A clear vision of one's purpose as established by God.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to lead others with love and appreciation today.  AMEN!