This recent holiday movie featured Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, and Jack Frost. My purpose in this post is not to promote the movie.
However, there is an interesting thought portrayed in the plot which lays the foundation for what we will focus on each Monday in the weeks ahead. The idea behind the movie is for the guardians (listed above) to rise up and work together to defeat Pitch (known as the Boogie man) who is working to rob children of their belief in these fictional characters.
I am not advocating a belief in these characters or how the movie portrays the idea. However, from a more relevant and essential spiritual perspective, we need leaders / guardians who will rise up and work together to defend the truth and faith of God’s word.
Satan is obviously working to rob people of their faith through many venues. Next Monday we will begin examining some of the ways Satan is working inside and outside the church to destroy faith and what we can do to guard the word of God and His church.
“Everything in life comes to you as a teacher. Pay attention. Learn quickly.” – Cherokee Saying
I am constantly amazed at the ability of life to serve as a teacher. Sadly, the lessons learned can be the hardest and most life changing.
The question of significance involves two thoughts expressed in the saying above. Are we paying attention and learning from what life is teaching?
I am sure you have heard, “If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.” The very idea expresses the need for us to pay attention and learn from life.
If we could only develop a method to help us remember the mistakes so we do not repeat them and use the success we experience to duplicate it.
Perhaps we find the answer in the thought for today. Every event, every person, every second of every day is a classroom to teach us and prepare us for greater leadership. Our job is to pay attention and learn quickly.
The better student we are in life, the more success we will see in leadership.
The world seems to be a different place when looking through the eyes of a child. Their perspective of life and the events that surround life have a beautiful hint of simplicity. Such an approach would do wonders for our leadership.
Here is a seven step plan that will certainly make a difference in the way we lead others.
First, worry not about tomorrow, it might not come anyway.
Second, it is okay to get angry, but make up quickly and play as if it never happened.
Third, stop thinking about the clock. We cannot really measure the value of time by it.
Fourth, live life with anticipation of what we get to do each day.
Fifth, value the security of knowing someone else is in charge. Thank you Father.
Sixth, remember, a good night’s rest depends on living with truth and honesty.
Seventh, nothing is better than cookies and milk to put a smile on someone’s face.
We can learn so much from children and their approach to life. Perhaps this is why Jesus said we must become like them if we are to enter the kingdom.
What is our center? I never thought about it this way until watching a movie recently. Finding our center is about discovering who we are at the core that affects every area of life.
When our center as a leader is spiritually motivated, our life becomes about demonstrating the qualities of godliness toward others, rather than simply developing ourselves.
However, determining our center is not as easy as it may sound. Such an undertaking may involve years of searching. Learning to be honest about what we are seeking in life will help us on this journey. Here are a few questions to consider.
1) Do we feel inconvenienced by others?
2) Are we motivated by self preservation more than someone’s eternal destination?
3) Are times in prayer and study, as well as worship, more difficult to work into our schedule, and do we see them as having little or no benefit?
4) Where do we find the most pleasure?
5) Are our words and actions driven by a core that is self-centered or others-directed?
Answering a few questions helps develop a genuine understanding that will help us find our center.
I would imagine few, if any, will check the Leadership Fund today. I will not be writing it on Christmas Day either.
However, I want to take a moment to wish you a very Merry Christmas.
I hope you enjoy a special day with family and I pray God will bless each of you with many years of leadership in His kingdom.
Thank you for reading the Leadership Fund each day.
Please share it with others.
The obvious question is the night before what?
As with each of you, I have heard and read “Twas The Night Before Christmas.” From this poem a number of important thoughts stand out. The parallels to leadership can be quite interesting.
There is always hope of knowing that leadership will show up to provide the direction needed.
Vision is a key component to the success of any leader, and vision must be shared with others.
Leaders cannot afford to hesitate. They must always be ready to spring into action quickly.
Expecting the unexpected prepares leaders for any event, even if it is not what they expected.
No words can express the value and importance of remembering names.
Sometimes leaders need to get dirty to get the job done.
Never forget the importance of making a good first impression. Smile!
Life is too short. Enjoy the little things.
The reward comes at the end.
Take a few minutes to read the poem again and see the connections. Lessons in leadership can be learned just about everywhere, even in a Christmas poem.
When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba – no one knew where. No mail nor telegraph message could reach him. The President must secure his cooperation, and quickly.
What to do!
Someone said to the President, “There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan who will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”
Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by the name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia, are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail.
The point I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?” By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this or that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing – “Carry a message to Garcia!”