In the first place, we consider what things are to be done. Then we assess if we have the right resources to do these things. Then we think of an effective strategy to do these things without wasting the resources. Then we start doing the things based on the plans we made. When the outcome is not what we expected, then we improve on the plan. That’s the cycle of life with plans.
How much more would it be difficult if we do not consider all these things? What would happen if we just reacted and give in to what comes before us?
The story of Herod and Herodias is a good example of doing things without plans. The outcome was not what Herod wanted. But it was too late to regret.
John The Baptist was preaching about the Word of God and John had followers. They listened to him because people were hungry for change, thirsting for growth in their arid lives.
John was so bold to point out the wrong that Herod and Herodias were doing; living in immorality since Herodias was the wife of Herod’s brother. This angered Herodias and prodded on Herod to do something against John. Herod, in fear of the followers of John, just ordered for John’s imprisonment.
Then this event came about. The daughter of Herodias pleased Herod and the guests when she danced gracefully during Herod’s party. Herod gifted her with whatever she wanted. At the instance of Herodias, the daughter asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Herod was sad. But he could not afford to lose face. So, Herod ordered the beheading of John the Baptist.
Herod’s plan to spare John’s life was overtaken by the evil scheme of Herodias. What a waste for Herod to be remembered as the one who ordered the beheading of John the Baptist.
It is not easy to be a good leader. It is not easier for a good leader to have no plans. A leader is always confronted with adversities, circumstances calling for action, pros and cons, risks, threats. But a good leader like Jesus would always weigh the consequences of his actions. He is forward-looking and if something would result into an unfair, immoral, dishonest, oppressive, inhuman consequence, then that good leader, even if he loses his face, would stand with what is true, what is right, what is fair, and what is good.
It is always easy to say all those things, but it is very difficult to live by them especially in a world of influence and affluence where money talks. But a good leader can always follow the footsteps of Jesus and not fall into becoming a Herod and forsake the many John the Baptists in this life.
The greatest leader of all time came to serve and not be served. He walked with his people to get things done.