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A Charge for any Leadership Vocation

We swore in new deacons today at church, and the charge to the deacons resonated as a charge we can take for any leadership vocation.


Speak the truth to us. Trust us. Inform us. Work diligently with us, but don't imagine you can or should do all that most be done; don't lose your soul in this work, but rather, bring your soul to it. Keep the Sabbath rest. Embrace your families and friends who, after all, were not chosen by us. Remember to revere caring intelligence before mere charm, and always shun panic. Learn from critics who proceed not from resentment but from an enduring love of healing and gracious form. Admit mistakes, for in this way you accept your place among us all. Thank you for the work you do on our behalf.
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