I woke up this morning reminded of the opening line of “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness…” That is what is remarkable about today, October 31st, hallows eve, Halloween, “Satan’s Birthday”, and Reformation Day. The history of how today became the darkest day of the year, I will leave to your personal research and study.
Yet, 500 years ago today, one man fought all of darkness, evil, and, I believe, hell itself to light the night, to bring light into a very dark and hopeless time. And that light still burns bright. Today we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s, nailing the 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church. I find it ironic that the same day that brought the great liberating reformation of Christianity has also become the day that brings the darkest and most demonic of celebrations.
That is how it is for leaders. The best of times and the worst of times, the best of days, and the worst of days, the best reports and the worst reports all at the same time. Leaders are responsible to navigate through both the best and the worst, in many cases, at the same time.
We can take some leadership ques from Luther:
Leadership Que #1–Luther realized that even though his actions may cause great turmoil, his beliefs will cause great freedom.
Never allow the fear of the outcome of your actions detour you from acting on your beliefs.
Leadership Que #2–Luther’s 95 theses were simply questions with his response
Never approach a problem or hurdle without first asking questions. Diligent Leaders Never underestimate the power of a question.
Leadership Que #3–Luther realized he might loose everything, including his life, if he went through with what he believed.
Never put your reputation, position, or possessions above your beliefs. Diligent leaders are willing to loose in order for good to win.