You Can Lead Well - Day 5

Opening Prayer

Father God, I open my heart and mind to hear your truth today. Change my thoughts so they are your thoughts, and my actions so I can be your hands. Amen

 

Read: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“ All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (English Standard Version)

 

Reflect:

The role of a leader puts them out in front, where people are looking for direction, wisdom, focus, instructions, confidence…the plan. All this points back to a leader who has to be prepared. Without preparation and laying the groundwork, the leader will fail and so will those who follow. In today’s passage, Paul is reminding Timothy to keep the main thing the main thing…start with the inspired Word of God, making sure it’s the basis for everything else, and it will equip this leader to do the very thing God has for him to do. We often get tied up in spreadsheets, the latest leadership books and seminars, and current methods, while forgetting that laying down humbly before the Lord is really the best position to start from. It’s that submissive stance that lays the groundwork for moving forward with God’s plans rather than our own, and it’s in that type of preparation, lining up with God’s heart, that the best leadership begins.

 

Apply:

Take an inventory of your time. How much time do you spend in God’s Word, preparing for your leadership role? Maybe you lead 1 or 2 (in your home, your church, your business), or maybe you lead a large team…whichever it is, preparing at the beginning of each day, by aligning your heart with God’s Word, is the best thing you can do for success in your role. It’s easy to jump ahead and just go…it takes discipline and focus to start right.

 

Closing Prayer:

Dear Father, would you give me the discipline to focus on your Word as the guidebook for my leadership? Help me not to be distracted by the urgent, but to spend time with you as my teacher and Father who desires to pour wisdom and discernment into my life. Amen.

Terry Schneider