Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “In order to be a leader a man must have followers, And to have followers, a man must have their confidence. Hence the supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a sections gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. If a man’s associates find him guilty of phoniness, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity, he will fail. His teachings and actions must square up with each other. The first great need, therefore is INTEGRITY AND HIGH PURPOSE.”
Developing a “TO DO LIST” to develop yourself and others.
#1 principle when developing people is you may ask, where do I start. The answer is very simple. Start with YOURSELF, that is always the first place to begin.
#2 Create a GROWTH culture or start a culture where you can thrive and be at peace with yourself and all involved.
#3 Recognize potential in other people. There are some diamonds in them.
#4 Attract potential. If you can recognize potential can you attract it to you.
#5 Develop potential. If you can recognize, attract potential then you must be able to develop that potential.
#6 After all this has been achieved, you must find ways to EMPOWER and give away that potential.
Something that is very important is that people will grow into the conversations you have when you are around them. Be positive and encouraging to EVERYONE.
There has been a lot of talk about the Nation of Israel and all that is going on in the Middle East. If there was a time when our world needed good leadership, it is now. Nobody seems to know what to do or how to handle each other.
There is an old adage that says, “All is well that ends well” I really believe there is more to this saying than meets the eye. First of all I believe that “All is well that begins well.” It is just as important how you start something because how you start will determine how well you end up.
I have seen many projects started that were not started with the right preparation or with the proper capital. Most of those projects fail or at best struggle for the duration of the project.
Not only is it important how you start but it is also important how maintain while the project is in force. You must start well and maintain well and then “All is well when it ends well.”
We have a lot of input on how we start, how we maintain and how we end. Make sure we go through all the steps and then the end will be all that you expected it to be.
How to WIN FRIENDS and INFLUENCE PEOPLE? What kind of influence do you have in your surroundings? Everyone has influence, but the million dollar question is WHAT KIND OF INFLUENCE DO YOU HAVE? If you are a husband, how are you influencing your wife, if you are a wife how are you influencing your husband and your children. Many times because we just want to have a fun time, we do things that take those we love down a path we really don’t want to go.
If you as a husband take your wife out to parties where there is drinking and partying and months later she or you become addicted to alcohol, you were responsible for leading her and yourself in the wrong direction. Here’s the kicker, we then start to blame
everyone else for all our problems when it was us who made the decision to go down that road. We need to stop blaming others for the road we go down when we are the one’s who chart our own course.
Set the right course and you will get the right results.
I was just thinking about leadership and what I wanted to accomplish in my own leadership and influence in the church.
This week we are starting a new study on the book of Ephesians. This is an exciting
study as it shows us three (3) things about ourselves that most Christians do not know about themselves.
1. WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST:
We struggle in our lives with all the issues that life is made up of. However because we are not aware of who we are we never come out of the struggle of life. This does not have to be.
2. WHAT WE HAVE IN CHRIST:
There are things that we were given when we became Christians that we are not aware of and do not know how to use/ THERE ARE BENEFITS TO BEING A CHRISTIAN.
3. HOW WE SHOULD LIVE NOW THAT WE KNOW WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE HAVE:
Every Kingdom has a set of rules of how the Kingdom Family is supposed to conduct itself and we want to be successful in His Kingdom. I don’t know about you but I want to successful and blessed in the Kingdom of God. HOW ABOUT YOU?
And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ-everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received and inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
My question today to all of us is, “CAN YOU SHINE WHERE YOU ARE?” For a person to shine, things need to be going in the right direction in their life. There is a scripture that says, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” If you have the peace of God in your heart, you should be shining in your life. A smile on your face, a spring in your step, a HOPE in your HEART.
Shining in your life tells your family and friends that you are on the right track. That you are in the right place, doing what you are supposed to be doing and that life is good. Have you ever read a good book, I am sure you have. Do you know that your family and friends that are reading you every day just like they read a book? They can tell how things are going in your life by the way you SHINE. If you are not shining where you are right now, determine why not and make some changes that will get you where you need to be.
LIFE IN THE SUN “SON”
Sitting in Yuma AZ, at 6:00am in the morning thinking about how blessed I am. God has been so good to Kaye and I. We spent the day in Mexico and had a great time shopping and walking around seeing all the things that people had made to see on the streets.
But I could not help but think about, how many of them might know Christ and it seems like most of them by far did not have any idea of who Christ is or was. For the most part they are lost and without Christ
Jesus said, “I have come that they might have LIFE and LIFE more abundantly.” Why do so much of the worlds population not have this life that Jesus is talking about.
I heard a story about a man who in a barber shop getting a hair cut. In the conversation he told the barber he didn’t believe in God, because God would not allow all the hurt, sickness, and pain that is in the world. The barber did not know what to say but that night he had a dream. God showed him all the people walking by his barber shop. Many of them had long unruly hair that was not trimmed, they looked terrible. He asked God why won’t these people come in a get a hair cut. It’s because they don’t know any better and have not been taught. God told him it’s the same with the people of God, they simply won’t come into the presence of God because they don’t know any better and have not been taught.
The Bible tells us that in, “In Him was life and that life is the light for men.”