Get Your LEAD On!

Chilly —  January 28, 2013 — 8 Comments

Have you ever looked up ‘leadership‘ on Amazon.com? I did, it came up with 91,864 results (just in books)! Wow! That’s a lot of opinions about such an important topic. Who’s right? Who’s WAY off? I certainly want to be a better leader ~ I’m sure we ALL do! But, where do you begin? There’s lots of conferences, books, blogs and videos – some free, others really expensive. There’s also the new wave of ‘coaching’ – people who feel they have reached a level of success, make themselves available to people not quite as successful (for a price, of course)… I’m not hatin’ on any of these things but I am concerned that we’re asking the wrong question or maybe we’ve got the right question but we’re asking the wrong person.

God knows about leadership.

Jesus knows about leadership.

The Holy Spirit knows about leadership.

~ have you asked them?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this… and, today, as I was reading Proverbs 21 something stopped me in my tracks! Check out verse 1 from the Message:

Good leadership is a channel of
water controlled by God; He directs
it to whatever ends He chooses.
Proverbs 21:1

Let’s take a look at a few leadership components found in this verse:

hydrantchannel of water:  this speaks of something moving within a current. you can’t wait until you figure everything out but, instead, must get into the flow of God’s power.

controlled by God: His banks cannot be flooded – you can trust that where He leads is where you MUST go. Don’t desire anything beyond His banks – for there is only stagnation, dryness and death outside of His purpose.

He directs: the source of your influence and leadership is ALWAYS Him. He is the spring from which all great rivers of leadership find life.

whatever ends He chooses: I love this! He may choose to grow you and empty you into a sea of influence or fine tune your life into the cup for one parched soul. It’s His call.

The best leadership ALWAYS begins and ends with the Lord. That’s right, He MUST be Lord (not just Savior). When He’s in charge, we are always suited to serve at the highest level. He may still choose to place others over you to be examples of the life He is developing inside of you – this is discipleship. Take some time today to examine your leadership – ask the Father to correct you, ask the Lord to guide you, ask the Holy Spirit to empower you. There’s a spring about to break forth within you. Let it go and begin to really lead!

In HIS current,
Chilly

For discussion, in the comments below, share which one of the points (below the verse) spoke most to your life & leadership right now… let’s become better leaders together through this discussion! 

 

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8 responses to Get Your LEAD On!

  1. GOOOOOOOOOOOOD Word! Not to discredit any of these amazing resources out there! I have been blessed and built up by many. But when the fire consumes the match – the fire goes out… (silly analogy I know).

    But I do think we can get so consumed with the teaching and resources on great subjects like leadership, wisdom, and even prayer – we forget that all of these (credible) resources and teachings come from men and women who have spent time in the Word and prayer…. and we miss the subject altogether.

    AWESOME word!

    • “when the fire consumes the match – the fire goes out” – hmmm… still trying to wrap my mind around that!

      • LOL!! I know! Just random thoughts hit me and there you have it…
        Light a match and watch it burn….

        Hopefully then it’ll make sense. If not, then I guess I just have to come out to Courage Brew Bar and have a pourover with a slice of chess pie!

        When the training/reading/conferences take priority over (consume) time spent with God in prayer and the Word, we inevitably miss the very thing that we were training and/or studying for.

  2. channel of water: this speaks of something moving within a current. you can’t wait until you figure everything out but, instead, must get into the flow of God’s power.

    It is so important that we be moving. God does not use people who are sitting still…He does direct people who are moving. This is the hardest thing for me. I want to be so sure that I am doing the right thing rather than just going with the flow of the Spirit.

  3. That’s good… I’m always quoting people who I think is more successful, or who i think knows it all instead of God. Jesus wouldn’t have given us the Bible if we didn’t need it. It’s easier to read a short quote from someone who’s already done the hard work (reading the bible, asking God, listening, praying, ect.) than to give out the raw word of God. It’s like what Paul said in Hebrews 5:12-14. Maybe we as Christians want to stay spirituality as infants. If that’s the case, I’m defiantly not mature.

  4. -Whatever ends he chooses- I love this! Not every situation calls us to be a sea of water surrounding people, there are time when the thing that is needed most is just a small glass of water. I am so glad that God knows exactly what we need to be, we just have to be able to listen to whatever ends he chooses, and I have no problem being nothing more than a dixie cup.

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