May 11, 2022
As the story goes, Mama Skunk and her two little skunks, In and Out, went for a walk in the woods. Chasing in and out of brush and shrubs and brambles, In and Out got a wee bit ahead of Mama Skunk. Eventually, she caught up, but Out was all alone. She enquired as to the whereabouts of In. Out did not know.
Her panic rising, Mama Skunk enlisted the aid of various woodland creatures in the search. They scoured every fallen tree trunk, rocky crevice, lush field, and hole in the ground they could find. Nothing.
Finally, Out walked out of an outcropping of smallish stones with In scurrying after. Clearly, Out had an innate ability to find lost things. His mother asked how he knew where to look, to which Out replied, "In stinks."
Good leaders, most of the time, in most situations and circumstances, exhibit good instincts. We need leaders with good instincts who will multiply us, not divide. Leading from behind is never a good thing.
There are innumerable stories in the Bible about good leadership instincts. I especially like the one from Numbers when men were sent to scout out the land God had promised them. Here's how Numbers 13:30-33 describes the scene:
But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once
and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had
gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people,