Tag: Fringe

Leading on the Fringe…

Consider the excuses made to avoid involvement with people identified as on the fringe.

The list is not exhaustive, but it includes the following.

1) They are not interested.
2) We are not prepared to handle their baggage.
3) They might steal something.
4) They are just cons.
5) The government helps them.

Notice the emphasis on the pronouns. We construct barriers between us and them, one separated by excuses to justify inactivity.

Yes, there are abuses, which we allow to paint the picture of the whole. Why do we fall into this trap?

The answer is not easy, nor comfortable, but we need to answer it to make change.

Who Shall We Lead?

What do followers look like and where do leaders find them? Consider those who live on the fringe and are often overlooked.

They live everywhere, but often have nowhere to live.

They have nothing to give, yet often give all they have to help someone else.

They scrape by with little hope, yet hope is often all they have to scrape by.

Our leadership is needed to give hope for a life that is better now and in the future. We must provide genuine friendship without ulterior motives, where we develop an intimacy that goes beyond the surface.