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Leadership is not always pretty. I watched how the movies serve up the hero; smooth, calm and, collective. Calling the shots like a boss.
It makes me want to be like that leader or that coach we see in the movies. I watched the movie Remember the Titans. Do you remember the scene during one part of the movie the football coach was breaking the players individuality down to reveal the need for them to rise as a team. The Coach’s way of discipline may seem brutish however, it was very effective. I later had found out that this movie was based on actual events.

While watching, My friend says “man, I could totally do that!!” I simply chuckled, as I thought to myself. not because of my friends comment. I chuckled because of what I have experienced in my leadership and what I know what it takes to be that inspiring leader.

Because leaders make leadership look easy. We look to them and believe they are larger than life. We may meet them as a character in a movie, we have known them all, but five or ten minutes of the movie and when the movie gets to the climax we are rooting when the leader is victorious. We see leaders rise in emergency situations. We assume no evil befalls them.. They don’t have “craziness” going on in their life.

In reality, it is totally different. Leaders are actively working when others are just getting to work. Leaders are those who bring a solution to the complaint or question they may have.

Leaders are human. They endure family issues they carry struggles with the metaphorical “thorn in the flesh” like the apostle Paul did. They have short comings. they fight with one hand on the battle ahead and yet another building their home. True leaders will admit they are not perfect. True leaders understand that ultimately love patches the wounds in their leadership. But leaders are tough. They push when others quit. They are the ones who thrive when others die-off because they have “grit” and sheer will. Leaders continue to lead while building up their weaknesses.
Leaders purpose their days, and not allow their days to rule them. They fight to complete priorities because LEADERS ARE ones who finish.
If you want to lead, i have given you some good guidance to start.

Here is the secret: You can already do this stuff!!! You might have to square up with the reflection you see in the mirror every morning and choose to be the leader you desire to be.
I bet you have some questions-good leaders always do. I want you to have the courage to ask questions.

How do you lead where you are?

What if no one is following you?
What would Jesus do? ha ha.
what does leadership look like to you?

I hope we can discover together what it takes to lead from a biblical perspective. share you questions.
So let’s pack our bags and go on this trip together. i can assure you we both can use this..

..Thank you for reading my post I hope we can connect in the future. If you have any prayer requests, let’s connect and join in prayer together. God bless you.
-Michael

Friday focus: Serve knowing what you’re made of.

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Hello and Thank you for reading.  It is my goal to give you encouraging content. I was thinking of what to share with you for our Friday focus.   Did you know that you are loved? You are not an accident. You have a purpose. God loves you. He want’s to let you know that in his son, Jesus, you are a champion. You can find solutions and make things happen.

This is your turn to do what you do best. All the prayer and training prepared you for  this moment. You take your place with meekness that only a seasoned warrior can exude. Powerful yet gentle. A fierce warrior, yet strategic as an army general, poised for victory.

When we are in positions to help people, that is our moment to serve knowing what you are made of.

I reflect on my life, It is not the victories that speak the loudest. Its the cries of defeat that have taught me how to do things better; with intention. Whether I’m leading a small group or even one on one discipleship moments with a brother in Christ, I try my best to give it my all because people are worth it! Christ thought so, enough to die for. When we are in positions to help people, that is our moment to serve knowing what you are made of.

Do you know what you’re made of? Or better yet, what ingredients make you the minister/leader you are today?  Can you name them? Do you serve with compassion? maybe you can identify how those whom you help are feeling?  What grounds me is the fact that I remember the joy the lord gave me when he removed all the dumb things I have done.  I remember the moment that Jesus gave me a second-third-fourth chance. Would you know it; Jesus still loves me.  What moves you?  For Jesus, it was seeing people scattered with no shepherd.

So when it comes to helping  others what is your theme music? Would it be “no weapon formed against me, shall prosper? Or would it be “nobody knows, the trouble I’ve seen”. This week take a moment to inventory what brought you in ministry and evaluate if you are still on course. If you are, then great, tuck this away for the lean times or share this  with a friend who could use it?

Although, you may find yourself a bit off.  Your compassion has hardened. You have been taken advantage of and suffer from unforgiveness so you put walls up, not to hurt again.  Sooner than later those walls should come down. The Holy Spirit can help you with that as well with a team to pray with you through it.  Don’t beat yourself up. Evaluate the plan to get back on course and do it one step at a time. Perhaps you could be feeling burnt out. this is common for strong leaders.  Take a break, think of ways to scale back your service or even take a week off from serving. I know you can’t take a break from being a Christian (though many create a case for it) try doing what you can.  Teresa and I are praying for you.

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