STAYING in SYNC: Ideally, the Follower “mirrors” the Leader. If the Leader has done their job, as planned; then they will have their Followers in SYNC with them. If the Leader slips, too often, then, so does the follower. Ideally, the same energy, commitment, skill-set, and trust, must co-exist on both sides of the line of Authority. Thus…. the PERFECT world.
O’well… the problem is….we don’t live in a PERFECT world.
You’re right…all this is just too good to be true. That said, though, this process is what determines who the “good leaders” are, and to what extent their greatest is. In particular for large corporations, the PRESSURE is immense, as being “the leader,” is a very draining process, especially those to whom their leadership is sustaining. Always, there is 100’s of millions of dollars involved in securing, maintaining, and retaining “the super leadership roles.” Even then, the “best” eventually fail. A case in point would be GE’s Jack Welch, and many more like him; such as HP’s Carly Fiorina who received a severance package in excess of $42 Million… not bad for a CEO who did a “total –flop.” .And likely we’ll see the demise of Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer. The live in a world that is “beyond” anything remotely conceivable by the “average Joe.” I would wager that the divorce rate is astronomical in the corporate world.
All “super-great leaders” are able to remain FOCUSED, and therefore, stay….in SYNC with their followers. It is this “same type of focus,” that we COMMON folk must employ to “stay in SYNC” with Our Lord Jesus. In our relationship with God, it is not He who “falls out of SYNC,” rather… it is us. We must stay FOCUSED, stay COMMITTED, and stay in COMMUNICATION (prayer) with the LEADER, if we are to have a SUSTAINING relationship with God.
We are told in 1st John 2:6 – He who says he abides in Him [Christ] ought himself also to walk just as He walked. And in 2nd John 1:6 – This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. And in 1st John 2:3 – Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
In the Bible, the word walk is often used to refer to one’s lifestyle—how we live our life. To walk according to God’s Word means to apply it, to put it into action. To walk with God means to obey His commandments and to follow—imitate—Jesus’ example. This includes keeping the Fourth Commandment as Jesus did. Observing God’s Sabbath day provides a whole day to focus on drawing close to God.
As you see, we must both, talk and walk, with God. …Blessings…. cjlb…. 6/3/15.