I wrote the book, “Servant Leadership NOW,” because God ordained the message for such a time as this – NOW. It is a source of healing. President Jimmy Carter took the time to respond to my messages in the book about serving and leading; I am grateful. As a Christian, his life reflects the type of service and leadership that God calls upon each of us to do – to serve mankind.
Healing hurts! In the natural, when we get a cut, we treat it with antiseptics and bandages. Immediately, the body responds to defend itself. Within a few days, a scab appears as an added defense of protection.
My Mom recently had a serious surgery. Although the recovery is still painful, the pain prior to the surgery was much more severe.
Recently, I attended the Truth Summit 2020 where panelists shared how they were able to emerge from hurt, deception and harmful situations. While each story was different, there were common elements in the panelists’ process of healing: (1) each person had a desire to change the crippling effects in their lives; (2) each emerged from “the blame game;” (3) each found the Word to be their comforting Source; and (4) all of them are finding ways to lead and support others in their NOW season.
Healing hurts and it begins with acknowledgement. It is ok to acknowledge that you did not always use the right tactics in the process. It is ok to question, self-reflect and make corrections. Proverbs 3 verses 5 to 6 says,
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” You will learn in the process that the hurt lessens as the wounds heal.
May 2020 bring healing to your wounds!
Saturday, February 29, 2020 Registration Open! This Summit will allow participants to gain an insight for charging themselves as well as others to develop their leadership gifts. Registration includes autographed copy of Servant Leadership NOW!
Reprinted from December 9, 2019
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night, (Luke 2:8 NKJV). Apostle Luke told the story of how the angel of the Lord appeared unto a group of shepherds with the news of the birth of Christ (vv9-20). Today, I encourage each of us to keep watch as an under-shepherd of The Great Shepherd, of The Good Shepherd.
Shepherds are known for their special attributes and the rough terrain they travel. They were expected to spend long difficult days away from their families. Their determination was driven by the need to get their flock to green pastures. The shepherd’s natural “watch” was critical to the success of their task.
In ancient times, a shepherd also went ahead of the flock to inspect the land before taking sheep on dangerous journeys. Prior to his journey, he eyed-out the poisonous plants which could hurt the sheep; the nourishing plants that could heal his sheep; the shady trees which would provide comfort from the heat; and the cooling, still waters from which they could drink. The shepherd carried necessary essentials in his grip (bag) to sustain himself for the journey. Still, if the shepherd did not keep a watchful eye, the sheep most certainly would be lost.
King David, knew the value of a shepherd’s spiritual eye (quite different from the natural). While shepherds flocks and fields may differ, the spiritual eye must not be neglected for the success of the task. God gives the gift of the Holy Spirit for leading and guiding. A good shepherd must adhere to the watchful eye of the Holy Spirit. The natural eye cannot be equated to the spiritual eye. As an under-shepherd of His, if one fails to be guided by the Holy Spirit, you will become weakened and your survival is threatened (1 Corinthians).
Finally, keep watch as well as pray so that you will not enter into evil ways (Matthew 26:41).
I remember one Saturday afternoon when my brother and I spent hours watching a bucket of crabs. We were consumed by excitement as we watched the crabs trying to reach the top of the bucket. It looked as if one crab might make it when it was pulled down by a team of crabs. Not one of the crabs reached the top before it was time for my grandfather to delight himself on what was going to be his evening meal. Needless to say, my grandmother took this as a “teachable moment” for my brother and me. She expertly explained that the crabs were more interested in pulling each other down than rising up together. As a result, she said, “No crab reached the top.”
Early on, we learned as children, how lifting each other up was beneficial. Whether we were engaged in a neighborhood baseball game, a spirited fight, or climbing a tree, we could be victorious if we worked as a team. My brother understood my physical limitations when it came to sports and such things. He was the one who would give me a “boost” when I climbed the trees. He was the one who would stand up for me against a perceived enemy. He lifted me up when I felt challenged.
Everyone needs somebody in their corner. Each of us have to decide how we live and minister. Whether you believe or not in God, there is a spiritual side that must be assessed – are you serving as a “crab” or “lifter” of men.
In Genesis 50:1-26, the story of Joseph is an example of one who could have taken the position of a “crab.” Wrong was done toward him from the very ones who loved. Instead he chose to be a “lifter” of men.
Are you a “crab” or “lifter?”
Yes, I am speaking to the choir – YOU. Each of us take stock of who we are and perhaps what we desire to be. We audit! Not only do we take self-audits, but at times, audit others. Generally, people are subjected to audits every day. Someone you don’t even know may observe how you walk, talk, act or approach a situation. Audits happen with and without our permission. You will leave an impression -intended or unintended.
The purpose of an audit is to determine your worth – liabilities vs. assets = a bottom line.
God determined your worth before you were born; before you were placed in time. He determined we did not meet His criteria; yet, He determined we were worth it. God determined YOU are worth His investment.
Allowing anyone else to put you in a box or discard you as insignificant, is an insult to Him. It would say that God wasted His investment. He saw every default and equated your value. He determined You could be an asset. Your balance sheet has its liabilities; but your net worth is so valuable to Him that He created you UNIQUE.
So today, it is not to brag, but it is to remember how gracious He is –
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 New International Version (NIV)
“Make me worthy of your investment.”