When I was in graduate school studying acting, we used to have a lot of conversations about what actors could or should be doing when they weren’t acting. All of us acting students knew that getting work as an actor wasn’t always easy, and so we figured we would need something steady to fall back on to help pay the bills. We talked about waiting tables, or other jobs that had a lot of flexibility. But each of us was looking for a job where we could keep using our acting skills, if such a job were even possible.
One day, as our professor came into class, he overhead a group of us talking about what actors should do when they are not acting. He said something very simple, but very profound. He said, “Actors act. If you call yourself an actor, you should be acting. If you are not acting, you are not really an actor.”
What he was really saying was that if we called ourselves actors, we should be about the business of acting. Anything else was really a waste of our time, but more importantly, a waste of our gifts. If we spent all out time waiting tables, could we really call ourselves actors? He knew that if we let the demands of life get in the way of what we had been called to, we would eventually fall away from acting all together.
I think it is the same with leadership. If we call ourselves leaders, or if other have identified leadership traits in us, then we really need to be leading. If we are not leading someone somewhere, can we really call ourselves leaders?
My challenge to you all this week, is to take a good hard look at your leadership priorities. Leaders lead.
If you are not leading someone somewhere, are you really a leader?
Are you really using the gifts that God has given you?
Are you leading in the place God has called you?
What needs to change?