126. “Now what do you say?” (John 8:5).
There are signature moments for leaders, when they are confronted with the implications of their own words. Anytime you choose a direction, you’ll be confronted with the alternative. Stand for what you believe in and you’ll have to face what others choose to believe in. Or, as here, proclaim a new way and you’ll be forced to face down the old way. Enemies will always draw lines in the sand. They will always look to box you into a corner where few will choose to join you. This is perhaps the greatest type of conflict the leader will face–the right to lead and the revelation of where that leadership will take you. These moments are challenges, but these defining moments also can establish us, for they reveal the reason our leadership has come most clearly into focus.