Am I serving with zeal?
I take this question straight from the Scriptures. Romans 12:8 says “The one who leads,” must lead “with zeal.” There’s something about passion here, something about vision and something about direction. The leader must care passionately about where he or she is going. 1 Peter 5:2 says to leaders, “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers, not because you must but because you are willing as God wants you to be.”
We are all leaders in our families, churches, and communities.
In the film, Parenthood, Steve Martin plays an overworked father trying to do his best for a family under pressure. One day he quits his job, and when he gets home, he finds the kids running wild and his wife tells him that she is pregnant. He does not react well. Then when it’s time to take his son to a baseball game, his wife wants to talk and she says, “Do you have to?” He says, “My whole life is ‘have to.’” You’ve been there, and so have I. But that’s not a place from which we can lead others. Are you serving with zeal?
(From Unlocking the Bible)