Are You Different?
Bible Character: Caleb (The 2nd “good spy”)
Different is defined as not being alike in character or quality; differing; dissimilar. (Dictionary.com)
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. Numbers 14:24 NIV
Many people know what is “right,” but not everyone has the courage to follow through with the truth.
Against the Flow
Caleb came back from spying on the land of Canaan and believed it was God’s plan for the Israelites to take the land; most of the other spies concluded the opposite. When “most” are against you it takes courage to stand up for what you believe is right.
Some organizations are designed to have individuals defend an idea or viewpoint that is opposite of what the majority of the organization desires. They have this practice to insure they are evaluating all of their options without conforming to the commonality.
Leaders are often visionaries, its one characteristic that makes them different. Getting others to see and understand that vision is what separates great leaders from dreamers. Developing the process and organization to accomplish that vision is vitally important.
Caleb could see the Israelites in the land of Canaan, but he and Joshua were unable to persuade Moses and the rest of the Israelites to initially endorse it.
Standing up for Moral Standards
There is little debate that our Judeo-Christian standards as a whole are deteriorating. The counter effect of this is that someone who exhibits these standards is noticeably “different”. Nonetheless, if you make a deeper inquiry, you’ll discover that a great leader understands the importance of ethics and maintaining a noble character.