At this rate my daughter Tory, a freshman at USC, will graduate before I finish my MACM degree program from Harding Graduate School of Religion. I can only handle one class per semester. Anyway, the course for this semester is Spiritual Leadership. One of the books we were assigned to read is Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: The Paradox of Personal Dysfunction by Gary L. McIntosh and Samuel D. Rima. It provides a moving examination of biblical, historical and contemporary leaders who overcame their dark side or were overcome by it. One of the book’s messages is that every leader has a dark side and dysfunction. Since it’s not a matter of if but of what, the authors urge their readers to admit, acknowledge and expose their dark side, as the only way to overcome it. They point out that it doesn’t have to be one’s Achilles heal but can become one’s greatest testimony of the power of God.
This week one of my friends has been coming to grips with his dark side. As he goes through his journey I am acutely aware that my dark side lurks and can rear it’s ugly head at any time. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said; “in the best of us there is some evil and in the worst of us there is some good.” None of us is immune but all of us can get help from God and each other. Until next week…Kevin