To summarize is to use fewer words to encompass the whole of the previous message.
If we were to summarize our leadership in a few words, what would we say? Could we express it in a word or two, or a sentence or two? Would our leadership be summarized by…
An “others-interested” or “self-interested” perspective?
A spiritual or physical focus?
Our past, present, or future?
In reality, the fewer words we use the more challenging it can be to summarize our leadership.
It is worth our time to think about summarizing our leadership.
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!
When businesses host a “Customer Appreciation Day,” they offer special pricing to express their gratitude to customers.
Appreciation is best summed up in the depth of our gratitude. Cicero claimed; “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” (Cicero, ‘Pro Plancio,’ 54 B.C.)
When was the last time we expressed gratitude?
What actions or qualities move us to be thankful?
How often do we express our gratitude?
Have we considered why we are thankful?
Let us express gratitude for the physical and spiritual ways God has blessed our lives. To Him be the glory.
A leader must be a student of two worlds.
We must know the world we live in physically and spiritually. We need to know the challenges, struggles, and trials people face in this world. Thus, we must be a student of local, national, and international events.
We must also know the world we live for spiritually. Therefore, we must be a student of God’s word.
All we say and do now is building a foundation for what is to come. Our task involves helping others in this world reach the right destination in the next. Think Souls!
How we live, not how long, determines the nature of our legacy. Whatever we want to leave behind we must live now.
Abraham Lincoln said, “And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”
How do we want to be remembered when we are gone?
Will we leave behind a physical footprint of life, or spiritual?
Legacy is about living today what we want to be remembered for tomorrow.
Our leadership involves how we live as leaders during our years on earth. It is a thought worth considering.
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.
Amidst the religious confusion that exists, is it too much to ask for direction?
Jesus said, “I am the way.” John the Baptist knew his purpose, and he fulfilled it. He pointed people to Jesus, the way. Why do more not point to Him?
Looking into the eyes of people around the world, including our own country, reveals the same need. But, we tend to see physical needs. We provide food, clothing, transportation, housing, or training to develop work skills.
No one is opposed to helping others with physical needs. Jesus provided an example. However, there is a great imbalance in our approach to the physical versus spiritual.
We need to show people the way to spiritual and eternal life. This is the task of spiritual leadership.
Where are we going? Do we know? What will we need to do to get there? How will we know when we arrive?
When traveling, we understand the need to have a map––at least a plan––to reach our destination in a proper amount of time.
Physically, we make application of this daily. What we think about in terms of spiritual matters is a completely different story.
However, the spiritual approach is no different. We know the destination and we desire to get there. We anticipate the arrival, but do we know what needs to be done to get there?
If we are not careful, it is easy to get caught up in the physical areas of life and think less about the spiritual. We then expect God to just “take care of it.”
Since our destination is heaven, the map––plan––we need to consult is laid out through the pages of God’s word.
We would think someone foolish not to follow a map to a destination they have never been before. If so, then how much more foolish when the eternal destination is far more consequential?
Leadership awareness involves a knowledge or perception of the situation or fact.
Leaders need to have a self-awareness, i.e. an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, an awareness of who they are, where they are going, and how they plan to reach the destination.
Leaders also need an awareness of others, i.e. an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of those who follow, an awareness of how to help others reach their greatest potential and achieve the goals of the organization.
Leaders should also be aware of the environment, i.e. an awareness of available resources, an awareness of the obstacles, the reality of progress, and open doors of opportunity.
Having a knowledge of each situation benefits leaders in developing themselves, guiding others in developing the qualities of success, and preparing to face every obstacle with the strength needed to seize opportunities.
Spiritual leaders are leading from a dual-world mindset: physical and spiritual. The desire is to help meet the needs of the present with a focus on achieving the bigger picture of eternal magnitude.
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.