Congrats on being the biggest announcement possible in the most old school of ways. Seriously, Lebron’s trade, Apple’s next big product release and any other modern day announcement have nothing on the black and white smoke coming out of the Vatican on your behalf. Hmmm”…if I ever have a kid, look out for the pink or blue smoke on behalf of its gender! I digress.
You fascinate me. You are one of my most notable, respected, powerful leaders in the world yet you are chosen, at least on some levels, based on your service to others and your relationship with the church and the Lord. Your stance on controversial issues matters more significantly than I think we even realize. Your influence on culture and where it’s going is vast. Be wise Francis, be wise.
We’re not getting into the theology and my personal opinion on all this, but I do think we all have some lessons to learn from you and your response to being selected for such an important office. Here’s a few I’ve taken away for myself:
- Be bold. Dream big.
—Pope Francis’ made many historic firsts: first non-European in the modern era, first
from Latin America, first Jesuit and first to take the name Francis. Don’t be scared.
- Lead well. Be humble.
—Pope Francis refused to stand on the traditional platform of the pope elevating himself
above the cardinals but rather stood equal with them. How can you not respect a leader in
- Be open to break tradition/the way things have always been done.
—No platform. Asking for prayer. Choosing the name Francis. He’s not afraid to break
tradition when necessary and change for the better. I get set in my ways, so props to this
76-year-old for being open to change! “The new pope is sending a signal that this will not
be business as usual.” -CNN Vatican analyst
- Ask for prayer and pray for others.
—Oh that we might be quick to ask for prayer and help as well as pray for others.
- Be simple.
—Every article notes him being known for his simplicity, choosing to ride the bus rather than
a chauffeured limo and to live in an apartment rather than the archbishop’s palace. May we
embrace simplicity and the blessings it brings.
- Stand firm.
—Pope Francis is known as a straight shooter and is not afraid to take a stand against
opposing views when he disagrees. In a culture where tolerance and love have been tainted
and turned into not being able to disagree and fight for convictions, I respect this and long
to stand firm myself.
—“It seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen one who is from faraway. But here I
am.” May I serve with the attitude of ‘here I am’ to both the Lord and others.
Regardless of our thoughts on you and your office, we can all learn from the gracious way you’ve entered your role. Best of luck to you as you lead in very unique ways. Stick to Scripture and the Lord’s leading and you can’t go wrong.
Learning in the most unexpected of ways,
Lesson learner from world events