The question is how to accomplish that. How does one go about jumpstarting new life when the future looks dead. Let me suggest a pattern of thought you can embrace …
The whole plan is necessary to receive the whole benefit. Don’t pick the pieces you like and leave the rest thinking you are going to get the benefit of the whole plan!
We have a healthy diet in our home, but recently we enjoyed a “cheat day”. It was a day of debauched eating! We indulged in several delicious deviations from our norm. The next morning Kristy and I sat in the living room drinking our coffee. She looked at me and said, “You led me astray!”
I asked, “How did I do that?”
Recently I read Psalms 138:8 which says, “The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” [NLT]. Notice that in a single verse David declares a truth about God and his doubts about the very truth he declared. On one hand, he understood that the Lord would work out his plans for David’s life. On the other hand, David felt the need to cry out, “Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”
A leader can make or break a team by how they exemplify correction. At some point every leader will be tasked with the correction of a team member. Improper correction will mute your leadership and make you less effective. Both you and your team will suffer because of it.
The examples of improper correction are many. In this world of abuse on every level people are too familiar with the pain, embarrassment, and discouraging effects of poorly executed correction. The result of poor correction is the reduction of influence in that person or team’s life. That leader has been muted.