Generally speaking, leadership involves changing others. From a spiritual perspective, the purpose of our leadership is to change others, right?
However, change must first begin within ourselves. It is easy to ask others to do what we are either unwilling to do or have not done yet.
The power of change starts with us. When we make changes in our own lives first, we set an example for others to see why they must change also.
As leaders in our homes, communities, and the church, let us first work on changing ourselves and then seek opportunity to help others change.
Think about our approach to leadership. How will our influence be remembered in the church and community where we live and serve?
Harry Truman said, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
Will we be remembered because we made a change for the better?
Will our leadership impact the eternal good of others?
If it seems the world stands still around us, maybe it is time we stood up to lead. Seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Lead as God would have us to do!
Sadly, words which often characterize much of a society or culture begin to characterize the church. Examining the world and culture we live in reveals the problems of indifference and lethargy.
Our leadership must find ways to prevent and overcome these characteristics in the church.
We must fan the flame of enthusiasm.
We must energize creativity.
We must strengthen the hands of others.
We must lift up hearts.
When leaders see the opportunity, prepare themselves to improve, persevere through challenges, we overcome indifference and lethargy.
We live in a culture much like other cultures in generations before us. People desire greatness, but avoid responsibility. Yet, we find several unavoidable applications to this idea of responsibility. Sir Winston Churchill said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
Responsibility involves duty over someone or something.
Responsibility brings accountability.
Responsibility indicates an obligation.
Responsibility brings an opportunity to act independently and make decisions.
Responsibility determines greatness.
When leaders are responsible, and willing to take responsibility, it inspires others to follow.
Responsibility is the price to be paid. Greatness is the prize.
Leadership is often viewed as influencing and instilling greatness in others. However, true leadership brings out the greatness already inside others?
John Buchan said, “The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.”
Consider how we can achieve this:
Believe people have greatness within.
Arrange opportunities to be responsible and accountable.
Allow them to fail.
Provide support when they do.
Create a team atmosphere.
These are just five suggestions, but when applied, they help us truly lead.
What do we see when we look at our families, friends, coworkers, people we meet in the community, or our brothers and sisters sitting on the pew next to us each week?
Consider the golden opportunities everywhere we look.
God told Abraham to lift up his eyes and look in every direction. Jesus told the apostles to lift up their eyes and look at the fields white for harvest.
It is time for us to lift up our eyes and look. The door is open. What will we see when we look through it? What will we do?
We often view the past with great fondness.
We may look to the past with regret over words or actions we cannot change.
We also learn from the past with hope of greater opportunities for the future.
Our leadership must focus on the future. We do not lead people where they have been, but where they need to go.
Paul knew the regret of words and actions from his past, but he chose to focus on what lies ahead.
We, too, must remember the work of spiritual leadership. When it comes to the past, acknowledge it, learn from it, and leave it where it is. Focus on the future.
What do we believe and why do we believe it?
Amazingly, and getting straight to the point, when we believe something, we talk about it to others. We express why our belief is so strong. When we do not believe there seems to be no purpose.
Quoting from the Old Testament, Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “I believe therefore I speak.”
We have opportunity to influence many people everyday. It is fundamental to leadership. Are we talking about what we believe? Do we speak because of the overwhelming nature of what we believe and why we believe it?
The power of communication allows us an avenue to share a belief system based on the evidence of truth. Make it count!
Being a part of the team is special and powerful.
There are challenges, frustrations, thrills, high-fives, and throughout it all, a sense of accomplishment.
Teams are diligent in preparation, hungry to learn, and always focused on the priority.
Teams face the task of changing lives physically and spiritually.
Teams ask questions, discuss possibilities, work on solutions, and make decisions together.
One goal sets before them. One lifetime is given to accomplish the task.
Through it all, one opportunity has been provided to be a part of this team. The Lord knew the difference made by a team.
The hand represents a significant concept throughout scripture. In the Old Testament, we find a great contrast between deliverance by the hand of the Lord and oppression by the hand of Israel’s enemies. God’s hand held both reward and consequence.
God’s hand also instills hope, because Jesus now sits at the right hand of the majesty on high.
We are instructed to humble ourselves “under the mighty hand of God.”
For leaders, the significance of the hand stems from leading out of humility and providing hope.
We have an opportunity to make a difference with the use of our hand.