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LEADERS LEAD FROM THE FRONT

Have you ever, all of a sudden, come to an awakening in your life? Well I have!  It was the strangest thing.  This awakening literally caused me to become overwhelmed.

It all started while on a motorcycle ride with my brother and a good friend of ours.  About a month ago, we all met in the driveway of my home.  My brother and I had already taken our motorcycles out of my garage and parked them in the driveway while we waited for our friend to arrive.  Once our friend showed up, we were set to ride but none of us had decided on a route to take.  Usually I am the one that takes the lead and picks the route. I decided this time it would be different, at least that’s what I thought.  So I said, “I’ll follow you guys this time, lead the way.”  “No! That’s alright,” they both said,  “we’ll follow you, you lead the way.”  I had no idea what route to take and I thought where could we ride that would be somewhat scenic, with some challenging winding roads and not a lot of traffic …

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LEADERS NEED EFFECTIVE FOLLOWERS

Off we went with me taking the lead.  I thought to myself, why do I always end up taking the lead.  It would be nice if I was the one doing the following, not being responsible for others or having to decide which way to go.  Don’t get me wrong, these men are fully capable of making decisions.  In fact, I have counted on their wisdom many of times.

As we set out on the road, I began having a conversation in my head about leading and following.  It was then that I realized that these men had chosen me to lead them, not because they were incapable, but out of respect, trust and love.  You see I had taught both these men how to ride the motorcycles they were on.

I couldn’t believe that I was having this conversation going on inside my head as I am riding a motorcycle down route 31 towards Macedon.  Time went by fast, before I realized it, it’s now pitch black, and we’re traveling on a road without any lighting.  I could see both their motorcycles head lights in my rearview mirror.  Then it dawn on me, I had missed my turn.  I looked back and could still see my brother and friend’s headlights leaning and winding with each turn in the road.  I’m lost I said to myself.  “I should pull over,” a small still voice spoke.  Then my PRIDE kicked into overdrive.  What will they think of you if tell them that you are lost … some leader you are?  Keep going until you see something familiar, spoke the voice of PRIDE, but the further I went the more lost I was.

THE PRESSURES OF LEADERSHIP

The role of a leader is one of great honor and I believe that all leaders know this.  But a leader’s biggest enemy is his or her own PRIDE.  Pride is usually a self inflicted wound that runs deep into the heart if not the very souls of its victims.  It would be one thing if ones PRIDE only wounded the person with it, but instead PRIDE hurts everything in its path. Don’t confuse PRIDE with being PLEASED or FULFILLED with  ones accomplishments.  Just remember no one accomplishes anything without the help of others.

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Sep 5, 2015 - Hearing From God, Prayer    2 Comments

SHAKEN AND STIRRED

You and I can be shaken by a special event or an occasion, but never stirred to make a difference or any changes in our life or the lives of others.  I am reminded of the James Bond movies I use to go see as a child growing up.  In case you are not familiar with the James Bond movies, they were about secret agents whose job it was to protect and secure the British Government and its people.  James Bond, also code name Agent 007, would always say these words whenever he was ordering his favorite drink, “I like my Martini shaken, but not stirred.”  This saying always stuck with me for whatever reason.  When I think about this, even now, I am somewhat amazed at the things that I allow to impress me.

Somehow I got thinking about this phrase shaken but not stirred and began to meditate on it.  One night while out to dinner I asked my wife Amy what she thought about it.  Amy gave me a great IMG_0834illustration of the difference between the two.  She took two water glasses from the table, one glass had only ice in it and the other glass had ice and water.  Amy took the glass with just ice in it and shook it hard.  What I noticed was it made a lot of noise but once she stopped shaking the glass everything stopped … no more noise and no more movement. Then Amy stirred the glass with the ice water.  There was little or no noise but when Amy stopped stirring the water and the ice continued its motion.  My point is that often being shaken will get your attention and often the attention of others.  But once the excitement wanes, then what?

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NOW FOR THE ANSWERS

Last time, we took at look at God’s TRUTH.  I hope that message got you thinking and looking for God’s truths … our guide to the WAY we should go and to the LIFE we should live.

So many of us and so many times, we take LIFE for granted.  But when life is threatened it will sends shock waves of fear into the heart, if not the very souls of men. Yet this most valuable gift called LIFE, which God chose to clothed us in, is as fragile as earthen jars of clay and we must never take it for granted.

2 Corinthians 4:7

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.  

As fragile as life is, I thank God that LIFE is in strong hands, His hands.  We are to be a witness to this world that God is the giver of LIFE and LIFE ETERNAL.

LIFE IS PRECIOUS

When God created all life He created it out of one purpose, LOVE.  It was out of His great love that He made man.  He provided everything that mankind would need to sustain his life. However, His creation was not created so that the bond between mankind and his creator could ever be separated. Yet by the choice of one man’s free will to sin by disobeying, God broke that bond and left a hole in all mankind. And thus we come to the meaning of LIFE.

JESUS AND A SMARITAN WOMAN

JOHN 4:1-26

Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—  although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.  So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

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Now he had to go through Samaria.  So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

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