Thursday, 11 June 2009

The subtle temptations of Christian leadership

All leaders have their weaknesses and temptations. The Roman Catholic writer Henri Nouwen was particularly perceptive about a particular temptation which Christian leaders can face.

Writing in his book  The  Genesee Diary-report from a Trappist monastery, he muses, 'whilst teaching, lecturing and writing about the importance of solitude, inner freedom and peace of mind, I kept stumbling over my own compulsions and illusions. What was driving me from one book to another, one place to another, one project to another?...What was turning my vocation to be a witness to the love of God into a tiring job?...Maybe I spoke more about God than with God (my emphasis). Maybe my witing about prayer kept me from a prayerful life?'

The folly and danger  of 'do as I say not as I do'!
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