Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #16 Authority…


A friend of mine once said, An expert is a guy from out of town with a briefcase. Authority is a funny thing. Being an expert does not necessarily give you authority. Authority is something that seems more granted from service and character than credentials and power. Some confuse authority with authoritarian behavior. Power and influence do not grant authority to anyone. Much of the world interprets the ability to coerce as a sign of authority. But it is not. George Carlin comically said, I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don’t have as many people who believe it. 


What kind of authority should be granted to you? It derives from the ability to think and reason, of course. Wisdom helps a person gain authority. Humility is another quality that can determine authority. Yet, I believe the greatest authority is granted from our creator. It’s granted not just to popes and comedians but to ordinary people who have influence because of their character and consistency. They may be flawed individuals but they chose consistently to use their authority to help and serve others above their own interests. You can see that, you can hear it, and you can understand it. Psalm 86:11 David wrote (David who had a few serious character flaws yet was a poet and powerful ruler), Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; not my truth – not truth that I determine – but a truth that is as timeless as the Golden Rule. A truth that all religions and all cultures embrace as a “Rule” imbedded within their system of beliefs, dogmas, and teachings.


What authority have you been granted? If you feel powerless it is not because you are. You are given the opportunity to exhibit ancient wisdom in your daily interactions. It is available to the least and greatest. But use that authority carefully for the good of others and you will without a doubt reap the rewards.



About Denny Meyer

I've been a pastor, spiritual director, and spiritual coach and worked with thousands of people over the years. You can find the life the Creator intended for you. Contact me if you want to find out more.
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