This week my family and I will intentionally engage in 21 days of prayer and fasting. These are 21 days when we will give up certain things that we desire and give a more intense focus to spending time communicating with God through prayer. Why would we do that? Why would anyone choose to go without something they wanted, if they could access the object of their desire? They would only do so if they desired something greater.
As teams work together there are always opportunities for conflict and misunderstandings to arise. It is human nature. We have the choice to be part of the solution or exacerbate the problem. I encourage you to choose to be a solution finder! How do you become a solution centered part of the body of Christ? Let me share a few ideas with you.
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.”
The greatest enemy many Next Level Leaders face is themselves. Every leader experiences hardships. Hardships develop a leader. There are situational hardships, relational hardships, cultural hardships, environmental hardships, and personal hardships. The job of a Next Level Leader is leading through each of these. It is a tragic moment to learn that the hardship faced is completely of our own design.
Leaders are often frustrated by the fact that their words, lessons, and rants aren’t making a difference in the lackluster performance of their team. Your problem may be that your leadership is muted. You are saying the right things, but your team can’t hear you. Your words are being drowned out by the screaming reality of your example. The most impacting lessons you will ever teach will be taught as others see what you do vs hear what you say.