Individuals have unique, specific character. As an individual leader, the impact of your character is intended for the benefit of each person you lead, influence and serve.
As a wader in the stream, your experience is greatly influenced by the character of the stream – a character formed by the stream’s conscious flow and enhanced by its rocks. Given a choice of two flows, one over a bed of mostly soil and one over and around rocks, I will always choose the latter. Character is formed around the rocks.
This is the stream we all long to wade. A flow over even terrain with consistent depth and pace may sound good at times – life in the 21st Century has for some found an inhuman, mechanical pace. When such a pace continues long enough, we begin to look for the eject handle: “Stop the world, I want to get off. It could slow to a permanent crawl and I would be happy.” And of course the reality is that we would not be happy in such a flow. A flow like this has little or no character.
The stream is a flow that embraces the presence of rocks and the improvisational movement required as it encounters its rocks. The stream’s progress over its rocks brings clarity. Without the cleansing power of movement over and around rocks, the stream would spend most of its time after each storm as a nautical conveyor belt for runoff and trash. With every twist, turn and tumble, the stream finds its clarity.
While appreciating the stream in the clarity of its presence, we become more conscious of how diligently it has flowed to give us the movement and place where we find our self standing.