Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Are you a leader or a follower?

The things that haven't been done before,
Those are the things to try;
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore
At the rim of the far-flung sky,
And his heart was bold and his faith was strong
As he ventured in dangers new,
And he paid no heed to the jeering throng
Or the fears of the doubting crew.

The many will follow the beaten track
With guideposts on the way,
They live and have lived for ages back
With a chart for every day.
Someone has told them it's safe to go
On the road he has traveled o'er.
And all that they ever strive to know
Are the things that were known before.

A few strike out, without map or chart,
Where never a man has been,
From the beaten paths they draw apart
To see what no man has seen.
There are deeds they hunger alone to do;
Though battered and bruised and sore,
They blaze the path for the many, who
Do nothing not done before.

The things that haven't been done before,
Are the tasks worth while to-day;
Are you one of the flock that follows, or
Are you one that shall lead the way?
Are you one of the timid souls that quail
At the jeers of a doubting crew,
Or dare you, whether you win or fail,
Strike out for a goal that's new?
Author Unknown

Pioneers are not the loudest, the youngest or the most popular.  Courage is all we need to be the pioneers, the leaders, the Joshua's and Calebs.
When Joshua was old and well advanced in years, the Lord said to him, "You are old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over"  Prov 13:1

In fact pioneers only lead the way amongst people but they follow God faithfully and when they do the reward is great.

"The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. Joshua 14:9"

Can you hear the voice of the Lord who calls you to walk in a way you never gone before?


  1. love this post Mel....there are too many people settling for life..

  2. Cool article you got here. It would be great to read a bit more concerning this topic. Thanks for posting...

  3. Thank you,this is something I am constantly thinking about in terms of how I train up my children. I want them to be leaders in their field, to initiate, to brave the unknown and not for man but for God.


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