Today, I’m live-blogging from the Catalyst West conference in Irvine, California. Throughout today and tomorrow, I will be sharing leadership insights from the best and the brightest in the church and business world.
Danielle Strickland loves Jesus and loves people. She is the author of 5 books. And she is also an Officer at the Salvation Army.
In the movie Hercules, one of Hercules’ men covered a bloody wound and told him to never, ever let them see you bleed.
Yet look at the most courageous, valiant man ever: Jesus. He hung on a cross and let the world see the Him bleed. He left the splendor of Heaven to come to earth.
Jesus was the anti-Hercules. The Hercules myth is the anti-Jesus. Jesus is the definition of courage.
We spend our lives trying to avoid our own humanity. We pick up swords and pretend to be great.
But should you take a page out of Jesus’ book? Jesus’ book introduced Jesus as authentically human.
There’s no way you can be courageous when you’re pretending to be something you’re not. Fear is a prison and you’re staying in the prison when you pretend because of fear.
Pharoh oppressed others because he was fearful. Fear turns you into a leader you don’t want to be. A leader without courage.
Jesus didn’t come to make us like Hercules. Jesus came to make us like Him.
To get to our authentic self, we have to have confrontation. Good courage happens when God’s people surrender their lives. This looses His power.