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Friday Focus: Meet the need.- D.M.Escalante-escalanteministries

1 Kings 19:21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.

Meet the need. Do you what I find interesting?  Elisha was plowing in the field before Elijah put his mantle on him.

Elisha was minding his own business plowing the family field, and then the man of God while on his way (Elijah did not stop) placed his mantle or his vision on Elisha.  I reason that,  in order for me to get the mantle that God has for me. I have to be working out in my field; the area that I have been sent to  (even now I am getting “goosebumps” as I type this!!). Or to put this in another way:

In order for me to find my destiny I must be in action.  In my field

My field?  What I had to learn, the hard way; that with every failed attempt to be part of a ministry, team,  or serving group.   I was one step closer to finding my own platform where I felt God was using me to the fullest potential.

As it turns out I had a platform all along. My platform was where I worked,  on my Job,  leading and guiding men and women of different through diverse life experiences.

Hear me out: I was not “preachy” or had an evangelism service every time I clocked in. I was plowing the field (more on”plowing the field” that in a different post). I was being the best I supervisor I could be. I wanted to be the shrewd manager by investing in my people.  Making sure my subordinates were on track professionally with their career goals and progress while maintaining improved production.  Age was not a factor either.

you see it’s not about ages. I have seen 34 year olds act like teenagers.  I have also seen teenagers with wives and children act as responsible as CEO’s.  So it is not about age as it is about stage. that is why Paul wrote timothy (his understudy) to not look at the people’s faces and feel judged…

It meant that location is important.

I recognized I am where I am supposed to be.  Ask Real Estate professionals the secret to success a common reply is: location, location, location.  Period.

Uh, can I ask you?

Where are you at?  Are you plowing your field; Your realm of influence working as unto God?

I pray you have been enriched through these words. I look forward to hearing of the platform you have.  Leave a comment and share.

 

Leading-D.M.Escalante

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

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