Margaret Thatcher, the Iron lady died
on the 8th of April 2013 at the age of 87 years old. The first British woman
prime minister. Since her death, there has been a lot of opinion about her character and her legacy. She made policies which many people remembered her for either positively
or negatively. But whether you like her and her
policies or not, one thing that everyone agreed with, was that she was a woman
that was not afraid to take tough decisions and stand by it. It has been interesting
to observe the different opinions from people. She made some tough decisions in
her time; including the Falkland war which Britain got a lot of backlash,
the miners strike and the policy to help people buy their council homes. I must
say I benefited from the latter policy as well, got my first flat from it.
The Iron lady was a woman who fought for what she believes. She had the audacity of faith for
her convictions; "You turn if you want to, the lady is not for turning" one of
her statements she was remembered for. A shame she was not a Christ
follower, at least not that I heard of. Although the hymns and prayers she requested at her funeral are all God centred. Maybe she reconciled with her Maker in her later years. I pray so.
A godly leader who had the audacity
of faith who inspired me is Daniel. He refused to defile himself with food and drink from the king's table. He refused to change his habit of praying to God three times a day, giving Him thanks. The God whom He served so faithfully rescued him from being food for the lions. What an audacity of faith in His Divine Leader! And God so blessed him. He had the most unusual wisdom and special ability in interpreting visions and dreams. He became a leader of leaders.
A godly leader should be ready to stand for their convictions no matter the challenges. A lamp that flickers does not provide a good light to those around. A salt either adds flavour or not. It is more rewarding to stand on the right side than on the popular side. It might not make you popular nor bring your material things in the short term but the legacy of your leadership will be forever.
Be the salt of the earth and the light of your world.