As most who know me know, I drive a big truck for a living. I spend lot’s of hours behind the steering wheel logging many miles. However, driving a lot (especially without Jesus) can fuel anyones road rage. Believe me, there are PLENTY of crazy drivers out there who push the limits of sanity!
As I was driving down the road one day at a steady rate of speed, the car in front of me decides to make a last minute turn into a store on the other side of the road! What the mess?! No signal. No constant decrease in speed. Just a slam on the brakes and turn! In case you are wondering, I was pushing the 80,ooo pound weight limit. Yes, you read it right, 80,000!! This type of weight does not stop in a hurry. In fact, it takes a great distance to stop and it usually is not pretty when it has to stop in a hurry.
I know you are wondering, and NO, I did not hit the car. Although, I was EXTREMELY close!
I believe many leaders are this way. They never use “turn signals” to relay where they are going. They may think, “I am in charge.” Or, “They have to follow me!” In my opinion, this is ludicrous! Those following us are like the big truck. Here’s how:
- They can carry more weight
- They are bigger
- They can be more destructive in a collision
Leaders, it is up to us to convey to those following us where we are going. We CANNOT make sudden, abrupt turns and expect everyone to follow suit. I encourage you to use turn signals to show ahead of time, “This is where we are going!” Using this strategy will make most turns in your company or church much smoother.