Is it possible to lead others without knowing them? Leadership requires an awareness of the dreams, aspirations, hopes, desires, and personal goals of others in order to lead them well.
Then, leaders can look out for their well-being. It has been said, “If you take care of those under you, they will take care of you.”
Needs are categorized by physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual areas, and leaders know the necessity of each.
Godly leaders know it is essential to prioritize with a focus on the greatest need. Think Souls!
Although the author is unknown, the thought is significant. “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.”
Leaders often face physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual circumstances that drain them of energy.
Interestingly, the circumstances (boiling water) provide benefit; the potato softens and the egg hardens making them palatable, thus beneficial to eat.
Our circumstances may soften or harden us, but we should always benefit for the betterment of our leadership.
Every company depends upon physical, financial, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual contributions. Without these contributions, success is hindered.
The development of our spiritual leadership hinges on what we contribute to the work. Are we giving whatever it takes to contribute the needs that exist? Will our contribution make a difference?
When we contribute to the spiritual development of God’s kingdom, we know God will take what we have planted and make it grow.
Make a contribution today that leads others to Christ.
Scars come in all shapes and sizes. At times, we have physical scars left from an accident or surgery. We also find emotional scars left from the pain of loss, hurt, or embarrassment.
What do our scars relate about our past? How have they shaped who we are in the present? Do they play a role in the direction of our future?
David Rossi says, “Scars show us where we have been; they do not dictate where we are going.”
The influences that leave emotional scars in life have a profound affect on where we are in the present. Any area of life that introduces pain, hurt, or embarrassment often alters our view of the world around us.
However, these moments must not dictate the direction of our future. As spiritual leaders, we have a responsibility to ensure a better future for those we lead. The people of God form a family that provides a refuge for those who hurt from the pain of the past or present. We have an opportunity to make a difference where it matters most. Think about the scars of Jesus. Think Souls.
We need to be strong in every area of life: physically, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.
Through the aging process we are all aware of the decline in our physical strength. There are times when a decline in emotional and intellectual strength also occurs.
The most frightening area connected to this decline in strength occurs in the spiritual realm.
Perhaps we have all seen or personally experienced the struggles of remaining strong and faithful on a spiritual basis.
During these times a strong leadership is needed to provide support and encouragement to help lead someone out of their struggles.
Paul encourages Christians to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God” (Ep. 6:10-11).
Examining each of the pieces of armor reveals the closeness of each area to all that is found in God’s word. Our strength comes from what God provides us through His word.
The reason for this incredible tool is to help us find the strength we need to help others in leading them out of sin into the marvelous light of our God.
Adding value has become a catch phrase and a popular concept connected to the vision statements of several organizations. Leaders recognize that people are drawn to the idea of receiving something that adds value to their life.
From a leadership perspective, its serves us well to consider exactly what it is that adds value to the people we attempt to reach on a regular basis. The dichotomy between what we value versus someone else develops an interesting challenge.
What areas might be considered that add value to any person in any culture or generation? The answer may possibly be as subjective as what someone determines as valuable.
However, let’s consider a few possibilities.
Physically: Regardless of our nationality, we all have physical needs. When we provide for someone’s felt needs, we add value.
Emotionally: A bit more challenging, but high on the list today. When we demonstrate emotional intelligence toward others it adds value to their life.
Spiritually: Without a doubt, this is the most significant of the three. The greatest value we can add to someone’s life involves the spiritual connection with God.
Most people have scars of some form or nature. These scars can be the result of surgery, an accident, or some foolish activity.
Scars are not only physical, there are emotional, mental, and spiritual scars left for the same reasons.
When we examine these scars, and the nature of them, what do they leave behind?
First, they leave us with a reminder of the cause of the scar. These constant reminders bring to mind exactly what happened to create the scar in the first place.
Second, scars remind us of pain. The pain may have been physical, but it could also be pain of an emotional and spiritual nature.
Third, scars show us the incredible wisdom and power of God. This body is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14).
Fourth, scars serve as a reminder to be cautious about creating future scars.
However, the greatest reminder of scars when it comes to leadership is the scars in the hands and feet of our Savior. The example that left Him with these scars should always be a reminder of what our leadership is all about.
Before we begin thinking about the early stages of evolutionary development, the idea behind this word also carries the impetus of something that is essential or foundational.
Nothing could more essential than spiritual leadership. Nothing could be more foundational to eternity than spiritual leadership.
How does the idea of primal apply to the surroundings of leadership?
Primal comes from a Latin word meaning “first.” The idea relates to the beginnings, first things, primary, essential, and foundational elements of all that is connected to life: intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
When thinking about leadership, the need is evident to understand the primary / first elements that must be in place for the success of our leading.
A few elements that are building blocks for all leaders: integrity, honesty, strong work ethic, passion, confidence in God, discipline, and balance.
There will always be additional elements to include, but these are the “primal” of leadership.
Using these as a foundation, leaders can build strength and character that provides hope for everyone who follows. Think Souls!
For several weeks we have been talking about the task of leading the most unlikely. We know who it is and we know the biblical teaching that supports the need.
However, the reality of taking action is difficult.
We will become vulnerable emotionally, mentally, and physically.
We will expose ourselves for who we really are at the core of our being.
We must develop a compassion for the pain of others and a greater desire to get involved to help.
We would also be well served to understand that those who need to change the most are the most likely to change. Yet, we see them as the most unlikely to change and thus we do not consider leading them to Christ.
The difficulty of these matters is learning to be genuine in our care for leading the most unlikely. We must learn how to love unconditionally.
Loving unconditionally means that no matter what someone has done, what they believe, or how they treat us, we still love them.
Unconditional is what leads others to the Savior! When we demonstrate it, we are leading the most unlikely.
“Have the wisdom to walk away from things and people that aren’t good for you.” Thema Davis
Pondering today’s thought leads to several interesting ideas.
First, leaders who desire to please everyone, in reality, end up attempting to please only those who matter least. This element usually consists of the minority who speak loudly and critically of any decision or activity that does not originate with or is controlled by them.
Second, it takes wisdom to identify the people who aren’t good for you. This is usually subjective to the individual. However, a few qualities stand out in this category: negativity, cynicism, malicious, deceptive, self-centered, and venomous are a few that are unhealthy for any relationship.
Third, the ability to walk away rests upon knowing the value of one’s own mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Walking away also involves courage, a courage to do what is right, even if it is not popular or even accepted by the majority.
The wisdom to know the people who aren’t good for us and the courage to walk away from them are steps toward a happier and healthier leadership.