27, November 2010

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When You’re the Leader (2)

‘…Whoever wants to be a leader…must be your servant.’ Matthew 20:26 NLT

Mac Anderson says: ‘Like every human being, I have doubts, fears and disappointments… As leaders, however, we must manage our attitude…we can’t underestimate the influence of our actions and attitudes. Churchill said, "The price of leadership is responsibility…to stay positive whether you feel like it or not." A good leader launches out before success is certain…doesn’t run from confrontation…talks about his own mistakes before anybody else’s, and acknowledges them before others have to discover and reveal them. He looks for opportunities to find his teammates doing something right, and encourages the smallest improvement. He doesn’t tolerate murmuring in himself or in others…is specific in his expectations…values accountability…does what’s right instead of what’s popular or convenient.’ What does the word ‘servant’ bring to your mind? The guy who works behind the scenes? The personal assistant who makes you look good? The mate who worked so you could complete your degree? Charles Stanley says: ‘Godly servants are all around us, but, sadly, we frequently take them for granted. This is a tragedy we need to correctnot only for their sakes but for our own. Their faithful service brings untold blessings… Wherever Joseph went, the people he served were blessed. Potiphar wasn’t a God-fearing man, yet he prospered because of Joseph. Find the people in your life who have the gift of godly service and spend time with them…When you turn your nose up at someone doing "servant’s work" you cut yourself off from a relationship that could literally change your life.’ Each of us has the potential to be greatnot famous, but great, because greatness comes by serving!

SoulFood: Jos 1-4, John 14:1-14, Ps 118:10-18, Pr 28:1-4

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