Modeling: Abraham Lincoln said, “There is but one way to train up a child in the way he should go, and that is to travel it yourself.” A good example is worth a thousand sermons. Management: Good management is the ability to discern the uniqueness of a child and teach him or her accordingly. We are to […]
New dreams are fragile because we haven’t had time yet to let them grow or develop. When a seedling oak is only a year old, a child can tear it out by the roots, but once it’s had some time to become firmly established, even a hurricane can’t knock it down. Young dreams are also more […]
God prepares leaders in a slow-cooker, not in a microwave oven. More important than the goal is the work God does in us while we wait. Waiting deepens and matures us, levels our perspective, and broadens our understanding. Tests of time determine whether we can endure seasons of seemingly unfruitful preparations, and indicate whether we can recognize […]
Do you know what your life’s mission is? Vision starts within. If what you’re pursuing in life doesn’t come from the depths of who you are and what you believe, you will not be able to accomplish it. You create change from noticing what doesn’t work. Discontent with the status quo is a great catalyst for vision, […]
Many people avoid confrontation. Some fear being disliked and rejected. Others are afraid confrontation will make things worse by creating anger and resentment in the person they confront. Avoiding confrontation always worsens the situation.Confrontation can be a win–win situation, a chance to help and develop your people—if you do it with respect and with the other person’s […]
There’s no one in the world like you. You are you. Loud or quiet, thin or fat, book smart or street smart. You might be one person’s dream come true, but another’s worst nightmare and that’s ok. What’s important is knowing the difference. You need to find the people that will celebrate you. The people that you are […]
Every leader needs mentors, especially emerging leaders. Leaders must understand their call and roll with it. Leaders must wait patiently on God’s perfect timing for their authority. Leaders must surrender former ambitions. Leaders must pursue good mentors. Leaders must hunger to grow and develop.
Vision accomplishes a number of things: – Vision allows us to see ourselves. We see things not as they are, but as we are.- Vision allows us to see others. We feel compelled to act.- Vision enables us to continue despite struggles and lack of resources.- Vision gives us conviction to stand, confidence to speak, and […]
Leadership tests have a few things in common: – Leaders get tested at each stage of growth.- The leader’s goal is to pass the test.- Testing always precedes promotion.- Self-promotion can never replace divine promotion.- Promotion requires sacrifice. When is the last time God tested you? If you aren’t being tested, then you’re not really moving forward!