The Law of Navigation
First-rate navigators always have in mind that other people are depending on them and their ability to chart a good course.
Being able to navigate for others requires a leader to possess a positive attitude. You’ve got to have faith that you can take your people all the way. If you can’t confidently make the trip in your mind, you’re not going to be able to take it in real life. On the other hand, you also have to be able to see the fact realistically. You can’t minimize obstacles or rationalize your challenges. If you don’t go in with your eyes wide open, you’re going to get blindsided. Realistic leaders are objective enough to minimize illusions. They understand that self-deception can cost them their vision.” Sometimes it’s difficult balancing optimism and realism, intuition and planning, faith and fact. But that’s what it takes to be effective as a navigating leader. If the leader can’t navigate the people through rough waters, he is able to sink the ship.
Major barriers to successful planning are fear of change, ignorance, uncertainty about the future, and lack of imagination.
Nehemiah Continued (Navigation)
Last week I spoke on the Law of Navigation. In the case of Nehemiah, the report created the burden and the burden led to the vision. Most people desire to name the vision first, but God doesn’t work that way in our lives. Acting on that burden reveals the purpose in your life. Leadership thought for the day: A leader follows the carpenter’s rule: measure twice, saw once. Go to Luke 14:28-30
The walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt because of Nehemiah’s ability to work with people and lead them where they needed to go.
Are you setting aside the appropriate amount of time to focus entirely on planning? Even a relatively simple task may require a few hours of planning. Something major may require a few days.
The Law of Influence
Influencing others is a choice: Many people who experience ineffectiveness as leaders give up and never try to lead again. Fortunately for the children of Israel, Joshua was not that type of person. He desired to become a better leader. And he would later receive a second chance. Meanwhile, he continued to be faithful to God and to learn as much as he could from Moses, who became his mentor.
One thing I have learned is that your influence will grow when you are right. From the beginning, Joshua had tried to do the right thing. He had tried to lead the people in the direction they should go. The first generation missed their opportunity to obey God and prosper.
Not only was Joshua right, but he also tried to model right-living. As a result, he consistently lived beyond his ability as a leader. If you desire to do great things in your leadership, then try to live according to this pattern that Joshua modeled.
Never try to explain God until you’ve obeyed him. The only part of God we understand is the part we have obeyed.
Across the Jordan
You cannot have growth without some un-comfortability on any level- personally, or at the ministry level. The very fact that we have to re-establish some rules and tighten up some areas in this ministry only reveals a ministry that God is exploding. We have endlessly prayed for the Lord to flourish this place with blessings that we cannot contain. He rewards those who diligently seek Him, but sometimes you have to actually get up and walk onto the stage to receive that reward. So receiving takes some effort at times. The Tabernacle was a glorious sight, but the preparation and the measurement alone were extensive. Everything had to be right-the cover for the Ark, the plans for the lampstand, and table, the burnt offering. The Lord’s instructions to Moses were lengthy, but for great reason-the Lord’s glory was about to be revealed.
It’s not what you say, but how you say it. It’s not what you do, but how you do it. There are effective ways to do God’s work. Let’s rejoice with God the rest of the way across this Jordan. We have great reason to.
Surveying the Battlefield in These Times
Believers have been intimidated into silence because of their perception of being in the minority. They have been sucked into the spiral of silence. The truth is more valuable than anyone’s opinion, regardless of how well read or well fed they may appear to be. We, as believers, must never again allow some professor intimidate us because he feels he has some kind of intellectual superiority over us. The believer must stand in possession of absolute truth and never give up his or her ground.