This week, Mother Teresa’s words, “In order to keep the lamp burning, you have to keep putting oil in it,” have caused me to evaluate several areas of my life. From the emotional, to the intellectual, I have sought to “check my oil level.”
But no evaluation of my life feels complete without giving thought to my spiritual lamp.
Regardless of what you believe, I assume you want to make a difference in the lives of others or you wouldn’t be reading this blog every day on how to become a better leader.
One of the earliest leaders was a man named St. Augustine. In one of his most famous writings, a book called Confessions, in just the third sentence into the book he writes, “Lord, you have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee.”
Some people referred to this line of thinking as the ‘God-shaped vacuum.’ In other words, there is an emptiness in every one of us that only God can fill.
As for me, I believe that is true. Left to myself, I am not worth following. Guilty, sinful, and empty. But if I am living my life the way Jesus lived His, then I can be filled with His presence in my life and can actually be a leader with a positive impact. A leader that is letting His light shine.
That is my goal. After all, who wants to be empty?
While the purpose of this blog is not primarily spiritual, I would not be true to my faith if I did not encourage all leaders to fill their spiritual lamp first.
Integrity, and for that matter influence too, is impossible unless one is truly integrated (complete, whole) in relation to his or her Maker.
I hope your lamp is full of oil and His light is shining through you.
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.