March 31, 2009

A Touch of Greatness - Part 3

To become great we must serve others. (O-T-H-E-R-S) (cont'd)

T – Thankful and thoughtful. We must learn to be thankful and have a grateful attitude toward life. We should live life with the attitude of the new hire kid. Remember when you landed your first real job. Wow. You didn’t even know where the bathroom was, you may not have even known what they were going to pay you…but it didn’t really matter to you. You were happy, excited and grateful just to be there. Why can’t we live life that way?

We should express thoughtfulness towards others. Grateful to serve others. Grateful to invest in someone’s life. Grateful to have the opportunity to be of service. This kind of attitude would turn all of our “have to’s” into “get to’s”. Man would that evermore change the landscape of humanity!!!

H – Hear with your heart and help with your best.

Acts 15:35-39 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord. Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing." Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,

To discover our hidden greatness, we must be willing to overlook others faults, listen with our hearts and then reach out with our very best to encourage, train and empower those whom God has put under our leadership.

E – Encourage others to dream and live their dreams.

Ruth 3:1-6 One day Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, should I not try to find a home for you, where you will be well provided for? Is not Boaz, with whose servant girls you have been, a kinsman of ours? Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash and perfume yourself, and put on your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don't let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do." "I will do whatever you say," Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.

Greatness comes from helping others dream and live out their dreams.

March 29, 2009

A Touch of Greatness - Part 2

So, how do we find the greatness that is hidden inside of us? It all has to do with our focus. We must quit focusing on ourselves and begin to focus on others. It is what we do for others that makes us great.

The disciples were arguing this thought in Luke chapter 22 verses 23-27.
“Then the disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing. And they began to argue among themselves as to who would be the greatest in the coming Kingdom. Jesus told them, "In this world the kings and great men order their people around, and yet they are called 'friends of the people.' But among you, those who are the greatest should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Normally the master sits at the table and is served by his servants. But not here! For I am your servant.”

To become great we must serve others. (O-T-H-E-R-S)

Let’s begin with the “O”.

O – Offer your very best.

Philippians 2:25-30
25 Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, a faithful worker, and a courageous soldier. And he was your messenger to help me in my need. 26 Now I am sending him home again, for he has been longing to see you, and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill. 27 And he surely was ill; in fact, he almost died. But God had mercy on him-- and also on me, so that I would not have such unbearable sorrow. 28 So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him, and that will lighten all my cares. 29 Welcome him with Christian love and with great joy, and be sure to honor people like him. 30 For he risked his life for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while trying to do for me the things you couldn't do because you were far away.

Epaphroditus was a nobody, however he gave his best.
1. He was a people lover, He ministered to Paul and when the people back home heard he was ill it stressed him out to think that they were worried about him.
2. He was a risk taker, he risked his own life to serve Paul—most people would have pampered and served their own need.
3. He was a tireless worker, He worked so hard at the ministry he was called to that it literally caused his illness.
4. He was a servant leader. Paul sends word to the church to give him a hero’s welcome because of his uncompromising servant leadership.

To uncover our hidden greatness we must learn to offer our very best.

March 28, 2009

A Touch of Greatness - Part 1

Leadership effectiveness is determined by how we choose to live out our life. The choices we make will ultimately determine who we become—good, bad or indifferent. Our world is made better or worse just by us becoming the person that we choose to become. Therefore, we must understand that when we choose to be less than God created us to be, we are not the only ones who lose. The whole human race loses. The Kingdom of God loses. When we choose to be our best and live out our best, that is when we discover the hero inside of us.

Peter was a classic example. He was a commoner, a nobody…a fisherman. But Jesus called him…Jesus saw in him a touch of greatness. However, in Matthew Chapter 26 we see Peter in all of his failure, his sorrow, his lack of courage, his NOT SO GREATNESS as we watch him deny that he even knew Jesus.

How terrible. How could a man who walked with Jesus and saw the miracles and heard the teaching…how could that man fail so miserably? Easy. Peter was still in the building process, he was still just dreaming, he was still discovering his greatness. It was hidden—but only for a short while longer.

For you see…Jesus was blowing the dust and cobwebs from Peter’s life. He was removing the rubble of failure out of his life and preparing Peter for his greatest hour yet. Just a few pages later we see Peter in all of his all of his GREATNESS! We see him as the most improved disciple and a great leader who delivered the awesome message on the day of Pentecost.

Jesus wants to do the same for you. There is greatness hidden in your life as well. It is hidden under your scarcity mindset, your rubble of failures, your unfulfilled dreams, or your crushed heart.

But Jesus is blowing all that away, He wants to help you realize the potential He established inside of you. Jesus understands that one person recognizing who God intended him to become, one person understanding the potential of a dream lived out is enough to turn the world upside down for his cause. It was enough for Peter and the disciples.
So how do we become great? What must we do to allow God to pull out our hidden greatness? Over the next few days we will use this blog to unpack some truths and take a closer look at what it takes for you and I to truly become great. So get ready to discover your hidden touch of greatness and Lead On!

March 23, 2009

Heroic Leadership

Recent events in my personal life have caused me to become keenly aware of what true leadership is all about. Leadership is such a mixture of vision, character, integrity, motivation, and management. It requires that we engage ourselves completely—from our intellect to our compassion. If we are to truly and effectively lead it will cost us many times more than we are readily willing to spend of ourselves.

But to become a quality leader we will press through and engage ourselves totally—mind, body, and spirit. We will willingly expend whatever it requires to insure that those we lead will become empowered, motivated, inspired, equipped, determined, compassionate, Godly, and full of integrity and high character. We must not only teach and instruct those we lead, but we MUST model the discipline of those teachings in front of those we lead so that they may see and understand that leadership is best lived out integrated in our lives without compromise!

That is why I have come to the realization that real leadership—the leadership that can be referred to as HEROIC LEADERSHIP—must always begin in our homes with our families. You see, if we can’t lead our own spouse and children effectively, we will most certainly be as lost as a ball in high weeds when it comes to leading those we work with and fellowship with outside of our homes.

Come on, you can do it. Get in the game, call the next play, and lead heroically. If you don’t, WHO WILL!?

March 22, 2009

David Found Strength

"David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God." 1 Samuel 30:6

In this passage of scripture we find that David and his men have returned from the Philistine territory where they were willing to go to battle with the Philistines against the Philistine's enemies. However, the Philistine commanders did not trust David and felt that David and his men would turn on them. So they sent him and his men back to Ziklag where David's camp was set up. But when David returned to Ziklag, he found it burned to the ground by the Amalakites. The Amalakites had also taken their wives, children and possessions captive.

In verse 6 we see that David's men have blamed him for what has happened and they are about to turn against him and stone him to death. What I find to be the most intriguing part of this story is the very next line where it reads, " But David found strength in the Lord his God." That is powerful! Here we find David with NOTHING! He has lost his wife and all his possessions to his enemy and now his friends are about to turn on him as well. Most of us would give up and quit. But not David! He turned to God with whom he had a great relationship and found strength to go on in the face of great adversity.

The result? Well, in the remainder of that chapter we read how David defeated the Amalakites and rescued all of the wives, children and possessions completely. In verse 19 we read, "Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken." Wow! Now that is leadership at its best. Take heart, find strength...and LEAD ON!

March 16, 2009

A Good Man

The watchman said, "It seems to me that the first one runs like Ahimaaz son of Zadok." "He's a good man," the king said. "He comes with good news." 2 Samuel 18:27

When people see you coming, what do they say? Are you a good person? Do you bring good news?

As leaders, it is imperative that we maintain a good reputation and always make sure that our leadership is worthy of follower-ship! We need to make sure that we are spending our influence in a way that will produce a quality product in the lives of those we lead. The organization that we are leading will only be as effective and influential as we are. It is a very sobering thought when we realize that the lives of those we lead are dependant upon our leadership.

Spend your leadership as if it was an investment from which you desired a return and you will never be disappointed! Lead on!