Dear friends, Lately I’ve been dwelling on the words of Jesus in John 10:10 ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (NIV) ‘Life abundantly.’ ‘Life to the full.’ ‘A rich and satisfying life.’ ‘In all its fullness.’ What …Read More
Dear friends, Like many people, I’ve been thinking a lot about the drought. It is affecting so many, like Vision radio listeners Jeffrey and Tricia Agar—they’ve been in drought for six years: ‘We have a sheep, wool and cattle station in SW Queensland. We are waiting on a knife’s edge for the healing, drought-breaking, dam-filling, …Read More
Dear friends, Thanks for reading this letter—it’s simply to ask a small favour. As you know, Vision connects the true hope of God’s Word to Aussies each day through broadcast, print and digital media. We’re able to do it through the generous support of people like you. We’re really thankful for everyon’es support, but it’s …Read More
‘Do not look behind you.’ Genesis 19:17 NKJV
One time in the West Indies five ships, one of them British, were anchored in the harbour when a monster storm rolled in. The British captain immediately raised anchor and sailed out to meet it. Two days later, battered but still intact, he returned to the harbour and discovered that the ships that hadn’t sailed for fear of the storm had all been driven ashore and destroyed. Generally speaking, as a leader, the best way forward is to face challenges head-on and ‘not look behind you’.
Author Jon Gordon points out six important things:
(1) Who you are makes a difference. People follow the leader first and his vision second.
(2) It’s all about relationships. Pastor Andy Stanley said, ‘Rules without relationship lead to rebellion.’ You can implement all the rules in the world, but if you don’t develop a relationship with the people you’re leading, they’ll rebel.
(3) It’s not just about what you do, but what you can inspire, encourage and empower others to do. You bring out the best in people by sharing the best in yourself.
(4) Lead with optimism, enthusiasm, and positive energy. Guard against negativity and teach people to focus on solutions, not complaints.
(5) Recognise that you don’t have all the answers, and build a team of people who either have the answers or will find them.
(6) Accept that success is a process, not a destination. John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, recognised that winning was an offshoot of great leadership, teamwork, focus, commitment, and implementing the basics.
SoulFood: Ex 33–35, Jn 4:27–38, Ps 32, Prov 27:1–3
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018