Leadership is formative.  No matter how hard we might try to avoid this outcome – the people we lead will become like us.  That is why we all agree, our behavior must not only reflect our values – it must reflect what we want to be multiplied through our organization.  

No?  Okay, what happens when you squeeze an orange. The quick, simple answer is orange juice- it is also the wrong answer. What if I hollowed out the orange and put grapefruit juice in it? The correct answer to, If you squeeze and orange what comes out? is simply- whatever is in it. You know it is the same for leaders. We come in all types of sizes, shapes, colors and dysfunctions. When the pressure of life grows (whether financial, relational or medical, etc.) we discover what is on the inside.   Some people, when squeezed, respond by:

  • Hiding
  • Yelling
  • Hitting
  • Lying
  • Crying
  • Denying
  • Fearing
  • Blaming
  • Choose your favorite response here ______ing.

The point is this squeezing (pressure) will help us discover who we really are. The Bible says
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9
I believe only God knows our heart- yet we discover windows into our heart – when we are squeezed. I challenge you today to watch your behavior under pressure and see where you need to grow. Refuse to excuse your behavior as pressure related and things like, “that is not the real me”. Take the challenge Paul gives us in Romans:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

Do you have a verse that helps you during the time you are squeezed?  Please leave a comment.  Just click here…