Why Your Most Important Role Is So Important

by  Glen Gaugh  |  Self Leadership

I did this exercise on the spur of the moment: I started typing the roles I have that I am most passionate about. The top two were spontaneous and have no official relevance in my work whatsoever:

Teacher truth-teller organizer leader father friend social worker minister

What is the title you hold, the role you play, that encompasses and transcends all the official titles and recognized roles you’re known for?

For me, as I consider all the things I do or want to do, all the ways my passions manifest themselves, they all bend back toward one thing-

Dad- teacher
Presenter- teacher
Supervisor- teacher
Leader- teacher
Church planter- teacher
Advocate- teacher
Social worker- teacher

This has little to do with having “students.” As a husband I feel that I am a teacher, but not because my wife is a pupil who needs me to pour knowledge into her. She has taught me a lot, maybe more than I could teach her. But it has to do with my desire to communicate something that enriches her, betters her in some way, and helps her grow as a person.

Because I don’t see myself as knowing anything, but as someone who is learning and wants others to learn with me.

Know your “why” so you can hang on. Image by author

Why is this so important?
I’m all about helping people who want to have sustainable ministry or work- they want to last.
You have to know why all the menial stuff matters, and there is no way to know that without knowing what ties it all together for you. “Church planter” and “Program Supervisor” don’t do that for me. But I’ve found what does. Have you?

When you do your own exercise, you will likely have a different unofficial yet pervasive passion that binds itself around all your pursuits. When you do, I have high confidence that it is one of the greatest gifts God has given you to share with the world around you, and infinitely worthy of you giving everything you have to it.

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Mike Henry  |  28 Nov 2013  |  Reply

Glen, thanks for the thoughtful post. I’ve been discovering my “pervasive passion that binds itself around all your pursuits” and I appreciate your participation in the group. My passion is mobilizing people to make a positive difference through character-based leadership. I’m grateful you shared this post and for the ways you challenge us in the group. Thanks! Mike…

Glen Gaugh  |  30 Nov 2013  |  Reply

Hey Mike- I’m thankful for the opportunity to post here. Just when I think I’ve figured it all out my vision is somehow refined further. I hope to never stop discovering what I’m supposed to become. Thanks for your leadership in this group and for reading and reacting to each post as an “average reader,” with such interest in what we each have to say.

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