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The last several months I have had ample time to reflect on some things, God’s word, life, experiences and it has brought great clarity to my life. I am a growing leader but I am also called to ministry so this time has helped develop both. Through much prayer and revelation from God, I have discovered these few steps to apply in my own life first, I’d like to share them with you here because I am seeing their impact in my life, fruitfully. I believe if we, as leaders want to ultimately serve others and show the world that there is a difference in how we lead, we not only have to be examples but have to constantly examine ourselves, like the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5.
1. Fight your pride daily– I cannot emphasize this enough, Pride is a silent killer and will destroy you if you don’t recognize it and ask the Lord to deal with it. Jonathan Edwards wrote a great essay on Pride, it revealed at least 9 symptoms, it’s a real eye opener. A practical way I approach this is start my mornings, daily by confessing to God “Lord, I am prideful and selfish person, help me be humble and serve others.” Pray, listen to those closest to you, embrace and seek feedback as often as possible as soon as you close your ears to others….beware…pride is setting in.
2. Walk in the counsel of others– In Proverbs 15:22 we read “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.” This has transformed me as a leader, if I can be honest. Through prayer, through God’s word I am able to discover and deal with my heart but then after I begin to gain clarity from reflecting and seeking the Lord I turn to my mentors, pastors I trust and ask them to counsel me, give me advise on what I feel the Lord is telling me. Since God is not the author of confusion I can trust he will speak in unison, so when I begin to discuss things with my Godly counsel the truth of what I am pursuing becomes ever more clear.
3.Remember to be thankful– It takes a mature and humble heart to remain thankful regardless of circumstances because we are prideful people and we LOVE to be in complete control at all times. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to “be thankful in ALL circumstances.” Not just the good ones but in all of them and as leaders, not everything goes our way, but the Lord is saying, be thankful, in other words, even come to the Lord and thank him for the trouble you are facing, for the problems and stress, thank him. He desires a heart of gratitude always. It might be the very trouble you are facing is God trying to work out something still not perfected in you.
Our experiences are all unique but we share the same emotions and in that we have common ground. My experience in leadership and ministry has not always been pleasant, I have been betrayed, hurt and disappointed many times but I have learned to implement these three important steps to keep me humble, keep me learning, help me to make the right decisions and to keep me thankful. My desire is to take what was intended for harm and allow God to use it for good; I hope these steps can help you too.
Question: How do you protect your leadership calling?