Characteristics Of A Godly Leader - Hayden Koval

In a little over a month, Link Year will be over, and I’ll be back home getting ready to work at Kanakuk Kamps for the month of June, and then I’ll head off to Central Arkansas for summer school a week after I finish working. It truly is amazing to think that I will only be writing a few more end of the week reviews. I struggle with writing, but looking back, I can see that my writing skills have improved, and writing papers is becoming easier. Also, as I look back on the reviews, I can see how the Lord has worked in my life over the course of Link Year.  

Last Friday, I drove up to Springfield to see some of my former teammates from my high school days because the home school national basketball tournament was held there last week. I enjoyed spending time with them and watching some of their games! I drove back to Link Year Saturday morning to work on homework, later in the afternoon, some of my roommates and I ventured to a frisbee golf course for a break from schoolwork. Within an hour, we managed to throw three frisbees into the water! Two of them sunk to the bottom of the pond, but we were able to save one by fishing it out with a stick.  

This week, our speaker was Joel Trainer, a former director at K-1, who is now in the process of planting a church in Columbus, Ohio. He spoke to us about four characteristics that he has noticed in all godly Christian leaders. The first characteristic is the love they have for the Bible and the enjoyment they receive from reading it. The verse he used for this example is Psalm 19:7-8, which says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” The second characteristic of a godly leader is that they spend a great amount of time in prayer! For this example, he cited 1 Kings 18:16-46 where Elijah calls together all the prophets of Baal, a false god, for a test to see which God is real… Baal or Jehovah. Elijah and the other prophets were to prepare separate offerings, and the God who answered by fire was the One True God. In the end, Elijah prayed to Jehovah, and He immediately answered by fire. The section of Elijah’s prayer that stood out to me is found in verse 37, which says, “Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” Elijah prayed this way, not to receive the credit for himself, but that the Lord would receive all the credit, honor, and glory.  

I’m sad to miss the lecture about the last two characteristics, but I’m excited to be traveling with my team to Wichita, Kansas, for our final tournament of the season. Since these are our final games as Link Year Lions, I plan to enjoy every second of each game and hopefully return to Branson as champions! Stay tuned!

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