It should be clear that LeadingLDS as a resource isn’t reserved only for those in leadership callings. It should be a resource for all individuals looking to have more positive influence on individuals. This is the essence of leadership.
In the LDS church, leadership sometimes comes with formal responsibility through a calling or assignment. Being a Bishop, Relief Society President, or Ward Mission Leader are simple examples. Someone newly called to these positions might find themselves subject to a loss of time. The reality is, most callings in the church will take as much time as you are willing to give–even more if you aren’t careful. This time will also seem well spent.
I remember being called as a young Elder’s Quorum President in a young single adult ward where I met my wife. I found myself late at night sitting in a clerk’s office organizing the ever changing home teaching assignments. It was essential, so I thought, to put in the time to get the assignments organized so that I could be ready for the next month when even more changes would come. It consumed my time as Elder’s Quorum President–to the point of not doing much of anything else. Not only did I have no idea how to delegate, but I was also fighting a battle of time that would never be won.
One trait of a strong leader is being able to step back and say, “there isn’t enough time, and things well worth my time just won’t get done.” After living by this attitude for some time you soon realize the important things–well worth your time–are either easily delegated or not as important as you thought.
In April conference of 1981 Bishop Victor L. Brown addresses this concept perfectly by quoting President Gordon B. Hinckley on the evil of unnecessary sacrifice. Take a look at a clip from his talk:
I should like to say that sacrifice, where needed, is an important aspect of the gospel. It is of the very essence of true worship. But unnecessary sacrifice, that requested because of extravagance or poor management, is evil. -President Gordon B. Hinckley
If the above statement impacted you, it means you have some adjustments to make.
If you give 80 hours a week, your calling will gladly take it. If you give 40 hours of your week…it will take that too. Make sure you are the one acting upon your calling rather than having your calling act upon you.
What are some adjustments you have made to avoid unnecessary sacrifice?