Healing Hurts!

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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!

Fool’s Gold – Part II

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There is an expression “worth your weight in gold.” This saying refers to someone or something that is valuable. How much is your weight in gold?

In ancient times, it was not uncommon for the king to sit in judgement of the people. He had unlimited powers over the lives and conditions of his citizens. His authority was not to be questioned nor amended. Unwillingly or willingly, the people were expected to serve the king. To do otherwise, could cost you your life; even the lives of your family.

Still, there were thousands who rose up in defiance of oppression because they believed that God sets the standard. Their belief was worth their weight in gold to them. Thousands became followers of Jesus the Christ. Thousands were executed because they chose to follow Jesus as their Savior. However, there were those who wanted to profit from Jesus’s teaching. They sought opportunities of leadership in the church and communities for their own self-interest. As it was then, so it is today. Jesus has a position on this type of leadership. They will be reckoned with on his terms. He left these words with us: “then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity,’ Luke 13: 26-27. They are not worth their weight in gold. They are fool’s gold.

When measured against God’s standard, their value is weighed down by deceitfulness and dishonor. To pass off their standards as that of God’s, is certainly foolishness; It is an abomination!

Personally, what is your weight in gold? Can your leadership be measured as a calling on your life that serves the honor of God? Does your leadership serve those whom God has supplanted in your life? Do you support leadership that operates in lies, venom, jealousy, or self-interest? Do your leaders lift up their distorted actions by suggesting that it is based on the Word of God? Is their leadership fool’s gold?

While you are concerned by your own leadership, you must be aware of those who lead you. Servant leaders can not allow their leadership to be tainted by fool’s gold. As a leader, it is your responsibility to examine ” Is my leadership worth the weight in gold?

Are You Leading or Taking a Walk?

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“Are you leading a parade or taking a walk?  This was just one of many statements that John Check proposed for food-for-thought.  Several points were expressed between these two community leaders as T. J. Walker, III sat for an interview by John of “Check It Out” (broadcasted by WHIG TV, a local community station in Rocky Mount, NC).  As an observer, I was inspired by:

  1. Old School versus New School – John is quite a bit older than T. J.,  yet, there was a mutual respect between two different generations.
  2. The interview agenda featured thoughts about social, racial and gender justice; decision-making; leadership focus; unity; and restoration.  What stood out was how they were able and willing to listen to one other, even if they did not agree in all of these subjects areas.
  3. There was an acknowledgement that leaders must recognize that we all are a work in-process.  Listening is important to leadership. Leading should inspire others to be their best. We should be evolving into what we are meant to do for the greater good.
  4.  Mr. Check emphasized that there is no room for hatred when Christ is in the heart.  This makes the difference in how people evaluate and change in their leadership.  Both Check and Walker are ministers; both look for bridging ways to bring “wholeness and healing” in the community.

For a more in-depth look https://whig-tv.vhx.tv/browse

Leadership Choices – Part III

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Susan emerged from her office. “Jake,” she said, “I would like to reschedule our meeting for 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Will that be a problem for you?” “No, that will be fine. I will meet with you then.”

Jake was somewhat relieved as he left Susan’s office. On the other hand, more time to reflect, meant more time with this matter on his mind without some answers he desperately wanted.

Later that evening, in his quietness of the day, Jake began to reflect. He was not going to lie if asked a question; he knew that for sure. The truth meant a lot to him. His integrity was at stake. His inner conflict was about how he had handled the situation. It had hoped that Adam’s business practices would eventually catch up with him. However, Jake did not imagine that he would be entangled in a web with Adam.

Jake reflected, “How shall I pray? What shall I say? Who shall I pray for…the co-worker, Susan, Adam, and others who may be a part of this process?”

“Lead me, oh Lord, lead me.”           .

LEADERSHIP CHOICES – PART II

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As Jake sat outside of Susan’s office, waiting to be called, he pondered as to what questions Susan might ask. What will be the consequences for Adam and Jake? Jake realized that he was not “home-free” because he had not reported the incidences. Although he had spoken to Adam about his concerns, he had accepted Adam’s attitude and responses about the way he conducted business. Perhaps, he thought, I could have handled matters differently; but what were his options? Adam was his supervisor and he prayed for him everyday as he did everyone in the department. Now, here he sits…waiting to be questioned by the Department Head. “I don’t want to say anything that will cause any other problems,” he thought, “but I have to be honest about what I witnessed; perhaps I won’t even have to volunteer information.”

But who was the co-worker? Is it someone who had questioned him about his faith? Is it someone who thinks all this “organized religion” is hogwash? There were believers in the organization who had privately asked Jake to pray for them. He showed respect to believers and non-believers. He did not push his beliefs on others. But there were those who had expressed their faith openly to him. Why did the person not come to him? Jake had many questions but very few answers. Susan had the answer to some of his questions, but will she share with him?

Was Jake’s decision to only speak with Adam about Adam’s business practices a bad one? Will his loyalty to Adam cost him respect and job?