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Leadership and Fast Food

Today, I treated my son Andrew to lunch at a local fast food establishment as a reward for him helping me with the morning's errands and such.  While we were waiting in line, I began to notice that there was only one person working the front counter register.  Being that it was the lunch rush, I was surprised to see only one person up front.  Something else that quickly caught my attention was the affect of the patrons who were already waiting in line before me.  Many seemed quite angry, and others just stood there with impatient looks on their faces.  It was at this point that I recognized the young man at the front counter was a trainee and was really sinking fast in his work.  What was even more surprising was to see his manager in the grill area of the restaurant, speaking orders to the young man up front.  It was obvious that there was not only a communication issue, but there was nobody there to help this young man with his duties.

As I began to reflect on this situation (while attempting to restrain my own impatience), I thought about what it means to be a Christian leader.  Galatians 6:2 states that we are to "bear one another's burdens".  Of course, this could be taken to mean many things in several contexts, however when it comes to Christian leadership, I believe it means that we are called to stand side by side with our brothers and sisters through their experiences.  Unlike the young man at the fast food restaurant who was left to "sink or swim" in his challenges, we are called to remain with one another through all that life has to throw at us.  Thankfully, we do not do it in our own power for it is the power of Christ within us that enables us to remain strong (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Be encouraged, and challenged today, to walk with God and serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13).

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