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What do you want to be known for? A leader who is ultimately out for their own “self-preservation” and will do anything to get there, or a leader who is willing to look at themselves in a fresh but truthful light? There is nothing harder in this world than seeing yourself as everything you hate and despise, and to add insult to injury, having someone tell you who you are becoming. However, the most important question you MUST ask yourself is this, “Is your attitude/influence like that of Christ?” We can justify the circumstances and the situations all we want, but if you boil it down, is it worthy of praise from God?

Stop being the leader you think you are and become a leader you know you can be!

The Definition of Success
By Mark Batterson

Thought I’d share a few of my personal definitions of success. It’s important to define success in biblical and personal ways.  You need to know what you’re aiming at or you will succeed at the wrong thing.

First of all: success is maximizing your God-given potential. Success is synonymous with stewardship.

A second definition is this: doing the best you can, with what you have, where you are.  Success is not circumstantial.  Some of the most successful people are those in the worst of circumstances; but they make the most of them.  That’s success.

Here’s a third definition: the people who know you the best respect you the most. We care way too much about what strangers think of us, but they won’t be the ones at our graveside. I want my wife and my kids to respect me the most.

Here’s a fourth, and newest, definition: success is trying until the day you die.  I think most of us give up on our dreams way too easily and way too quickly.  We stop trying.  But if you’re still trying you’re succeeding!

One key to success is not worrying about the outcome.  Winning or losing isn’t the issue.  Trying is winning! That is what I’ve learned as a church planter. The measure of success is this: how hard did you try?

If you pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on you – you cannot fail.

These past few days I have been reminded/convicted about the simple need to be thankful: thankful for what God gives and what God takes away – but primarily what God takes away. It is easy to be thankful when the things we don’t want, or like, are taken away. However, what is our attitude when we feel that something is taken away unnecessarily – when we lose a job, or we are in a job we hate and think there is something better out there; or, how about when we, or our family, are going through a hard time of depression or sadness?

I think we become like Jonah far too often. God told him to travel to Nineveh to preach the Good News. Jonah chose not to go to Nineveh because he didn’t like the people there. So, in his selfish pride, he chose to go to Tarshish. As the story continues, Jonah was eaten by a whale … The key to the story is that Jonah was running from God! WHO RUNS FROM GOD … we do.

Jonah 2:8-10 has an interesting insight:

8All who worship worthless idols turn from the God who offers them mercy. 9But with shouts of praise, I will offer a sacrifice to you, my LORD. I will keep my promise, because you are the one with power to save. 10The LORD commanded the fish to vomit up Jonah on the shore. And it did.

The interesting part of this verse is that Jonah wasn’t spit out of the whale until he was thankful.

God is the ultimate gift giver; He gives us everything. So, why do we become resentful so often of the gifts God has given us?

Resentment is rooted in pride; it is watered with tears of self-pity; it bears the fruit of bitterness; and it scatters seeds of envy. As illustrated in the story of Jonah – we would be wise to remember: “you can’t be resentful and thankful at the same time”.

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader; a great leader inspires the people to have confidence in themselves.”   Unknown

Leadership is only possible when we consistently communicate people’s worth and potential. Let’s ask ourselves if we are, or have been, encouraging the people around us and those following us. Too many times we use our leader position as a position of authority, rather than a position of influence. In our capacity as a leader, our role/calling is to be someone who can empower those around us to eventually step up and lead, rather than enabling everyone to just barely get by or barely keep their head above water. As a leader we should simply lead those God has entrusted to us, so ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. What are you doing to improve your leadership?
  2. Do the people, that you work/volunteer with, have a good attitude or a bad one? (Attitude reflects leadership.)
  3. If you don’t know the answer to the previous question – why not?

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