The Reward of Witnessing Progress in Others


The theme of chapter 2 in my book The Christian Leader from which the 2018 Bonhoeffer blogs come is this: "What Makes a Leader Happy?" The greatest reward a leader can experience in this life is the joy of seeing progress in others. "After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! Yes, you are our pride and joy," Paul assured the Christians in Thessalonica (1 These. 2:19-20).

Archie Manning feels this kind of joy. As an All-American quarterback at the University of Mississippi and All-Pro with the New Orleans Saints, Archie has received great honor in his career, but nothing compares to what he feels watching his sons, Peyton and Eli. Not only are both men great NFL quarterbacks who won Super Bowls and were named MVP, they are also good men. That is as good as it gets. I would think that Archie feels the same way about his oldest son, Cooper, who was injured and never reached such athletic heights. There is great reward in seeing both your protégés and progeny doing well.

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Written by Bill Hull

 Taken from The Christian Leader by Bill Hull. Copyright © 2016 by Robert W. Hull. Used by permission of Zondervan.

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