Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fear - The Quiet Killer of Leadership

As we noted before, pride is a hindrance to leadership. It limits our potential by not allowing us to utilize people who may do it better than us.
Secondly, fear is a hindrance to leadership. This is noted in how many times God has to tell His leaders in the Bible to "be of good courage." (Don't be afraid.)
Sometimes we are afraid of the responsibility and ministry that we face, like Joshua.
Sometimes we are afraid of people and what they can do to us.
Sometimes we fear what people will think and we fail to share the gospel.
Sometimes we fear death, aging and the unknown.
When we fully understand God's love for us, fear will not hinder us any longer.
Does fear hinder you? Remember courage is not the absence of fear, courage is the ability to do what is right inspite of our fears.
Be of good courage!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Three to Get Ready . . . (cont.)

Well!! That was quite a break! Really. . . there are seasons when everything seems to come at you and discipline goes out the window. I just encountered such a time. Staffing changes, out of town trip, blood clot, and a reflective mood broke my routine for a couple weeks. Anyway, it is always exciting to restore discipline with the added growth that comes from the inclined terrain of challenges.

I will address the other two hinderances to leadership this week. I just wanted to let you know that I am back from a little personal retreat and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Breaking the routine and getting a little off schedule isn't always a bad thing, as long as you are able to grow from the experience and return to the discipline.