Grace to you!
I will love to use the opportunity of the memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus to reflect on one of the three Ps (product, process and people) of leadership, namely people. There are so many emphases on how services and products are created and promoted, that often, many tend to forget the people at the core of these.
Fr. Robert Spitzer, the one time president of Gonzaga University USA, and currently the president of Magis Center, in his book The Spirit of Leadership, wrote extensively on how 21st century leadership model must adequately reflect on developing people. The book is a good read.
It is people that are at the heart of development in society. It is people who are called to evangelize. In my ongoing research on New Media and Evangelisation, part of my doctoral thesis, I have argued about this change being necessary to engage culture.
It is people who once evangelized turn to become evangelizers. It is people who are touched by the life of the leader who later become great leaders. It is people inspired by a priest in one rural parish who later want to become priests. It is people who saw the sacrifices of veterans who later join the forces themselves.
The world has become so noisy that hardly anyone hears the preaching of the gospel anymore, except the lived life of the gospel. Witness of life is focused on people, not structures. It’s definitely not focused simply on the products to be delivered and the process of making and delivering the products. These are important, but ignoring people is a colossal failure.
A great leader inspires vision; not only in the sense of the organization’s vision, but also in the major sense of mentorship. It’s the kind of mentorship that inspires the mentee to copy the mentor, at least, in some ways. Otherwise, why mentorship?
Such is the kind of context inspiring me today to appreciate the memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus. They were mentored by Paul, who called them his sons (see Titus 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:2). We celebrate their lives, as well as remember through their example, Saint Paul, who proved himself a leader of excellence, the one who not simply wanted to build infrastructures, but to build hearts and souls for the living God.
Inspire one heart, and you change the world. Win a soul for the Lord and you have achieved more than the whimsical philosopher who is locked in his library trying to prove a point while losing a soul.
Make people see Christ in you, even through your vulnerabilities, and you have created an environment of humanity truly alive. Such is a good Christian example of spiritual investment—investment in people.
Pray that God will continue to inspire us so we inspire and mentor others. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.