A compass is designed to point us in a specific direction.
A moral compass applies the same concept by using a standard that points us in a specific direction regarding our behavior or conduct.
The standard by which our moral compass must be calibrated is God’s word. If God’s word provides the basis for our moral compass, then personal opinions have no place.
The battle front is everywhere: television, movies, marketing ads, internet, and every direction we turn.
It is challenging, no doubt, but the result will make a difference.
Leading with the head and heart can introduce numerous challenges. Although both are needed, caution must be exercised.
Many pilots fly by what is known as IFR (Instrument Flying Rules). IFR involves relying on a plane’s instruments instead of one’s own senses. Certain conditions create a false sense of direction that potentially lead to pilot error.
A leader’s task involves providing direction for others. In order to provide the right direction, preventing error, they must use the God given instrument available.
God’s word is the only instrument needed in order to provide true spiritual direction.
Direction takes many different forms. Leaders must give and receive direction.
We receive direction from the One true spiritual leader, Christ.
In turn, our vision must be used to provide direction for others.
Spiritual leaders provide spiritual direction. We help others get on course and encourage them to stay on course.
Parents lead in the home.
Congregational leaders lead congregations.
All of us as Christians must lead the lost.
When we provide direction we assist others in reaching the destination our leadership strives to reach…heaven.
Leaders cast a vision and map the direction to a specific destination. Unless they know where they are going, no one can finish the journey.
1) We must never take our eyes off the destination.
2) Remember the map is found in the greatest atlas.
3) When necessary, stop and ask for help if we lose our sense of direction.
4) Make the proper preparation before starting the journey.
Remember, there is purpose in leading others. We need to know where we are going and what we need to take to get there. The results are worth it!
The future of leadership hinges on several factors.
Learn from history: Spiritual leaders are students of God’s word and they apply it.
Be students of the present: We need to observe and learn from current leaders and followers.
Desire to serve others: Leadership must be more concerned with serving than being served.
Glorify God: Leadership should be motivated and driven with this purpose.
Develop a plan: Developing a plan is vital for the right direction. These steps provide a foundation.
We do not know the future, but a few steps can help secure the future for spiritual leaders.
How many times do we expect others to know what is on our mind? Somehow, we assume others naturally know what we are thinking, as if they are a mind reader.
Leaders can make this mistake, if they are not careful.
People do not know what we are thinking unless we tell them.
Consider vision: Vision must be effectively communicated. People follow leaders who know where they are going and how to communicate that direction.
Expecting others to know what we think does not work. Communicate, and others will follow.
At every level, leaders are in high demand, from the political to the spiritual arena. In time of crisis what should we do? There are several possibilities.
1) Do nothing.
2) Deny there is a crisis and continue on the same course.
3) Ignore the crisis hoping it will take care of itself.
4) Procrastinate and allow the wrong leadership to take control.
5) Address the crisis with a plan of action to change the direction of the future.
The obvious solution is clear. Developing a plan of action requires us to account for the following.
1) Acknowledge the problem(s).
2) Examine the severity of the situation.
3) Remove the element(s) poisoning the situation.
4) Develop a support system for current leaders.
5) Begin an immediate course of preparing leaders for the future.
We can change the future, but we must act and we must act now!
Time moves at incredible speed, especially as we approach the middle of the month. As each day flies by, we must continue to evaluate our leadership and our influence with those who follow. Do we know where we are leading them? If not, how will we know if we get there?
Ken Davis said, “Aim at nothing and you will hit it every time. Know where you are going and you can take anyone with you.”
Others are following, and when we know the destination, we can point others in the right direction.
When considering the idea of dependent leadership, a number of words are associated, the primary of which is reliant. Spiritual leaders understand the need to rely upon God. They are dependent upon His guidance, direction, strength, and provisions to lead others.
Spiritual leaders are also aware of the fact that followers are also dependent upon them to provide the same.
Guidance provides advice and instruction for the conduct and behavior of living.
Direction shows the way, primarily the way to an eternal destination.
Strength is needed to get up and keep moving in the right direction connected to the goal.
Provisions are given to continue the journey, even when all else seems to have failed.
These four areas are all directly related to the dependence that is associated with our relationship with God and those who fill the role of leading God’s people.
The role is never taken lightly. It is critical to building a solid foundation that supplies all of us the basic components to our growth in relationship with God.
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