With the New Testament Barnabas as the prime example of leadership by encouragement and affirmation, Dave Henning’s “How to Become a Barnabas Leader” challenges each of us to become a leader—and make the world more peaceful, just, and loving.
For several years I taught seminars on “Simple Justice in a Complex World” in the Rutgers College Honors Program. While every semester was different depending on the demographic and academic composition of the class, we generally concluded—in broad strokes—that without love and respect for human dignity there can be no justice, and no peace.
The greatest satisfaction I derived from those seminars was knowing that I provoked young minds—and hearts—to ponder fundamental questions about character, morality, personal and social responsibility, and the obligation to be a leader; even if only to lead oneself. I hope that my teaching led many students to become better people, to seek real justice in their everyday lives.
But, then how does one put profound, abstract principles into objective concrete practice? How does one, in fact, “lead” others to discover God within them? To respond to the call of selflessness, of respect, of dignity, of love? To hear the Spirit in their hearts and souls?
In “How to Become a Barnabas Leader,” Dave Henning explores the lives of several people who led him and others through encouragement—affirmation of the God-given goodness and potential within them to make the world a better place. And, he shows us how to do so not on some grandiose scale; but, rather, in our simple mundane every-day lives. How the right word, a sincere smile, a note, an embrace, a visit can go so far in bearing witness not just of faith in God, but even more importantly, of God’s faith in each of us.
Many centuries ago, Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher said: “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: ‘we did it ourselves’.”
Through these intimate and revealing vignettes, “How to Become a Barnabas Leader” illustrates how each of is called to be a leader, but not necessarily in the way that the world or popular culture defines that word. Rather, prophetically, lovingly, subtly—witnessing to those around us how to make God’s love real in the world. Letting the world see the good that we do; but, giving the glory to God. Empowering others—in ways that they may not even recognize—to lead others to justice, faith, hope, and love.
Timothy Cunha, J.D., 6 July 2015
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- Publisher: The Freshstart Company LLC (2 July 2015)
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