empowerment

Changing the Landscape

Recently driving to our family vacation in Colorado I was struck by a virtual sea of wind turbines that dotted the horizon for miles along the panhandle highways of Texas. Having grown up in Texas it occurred to me how much these three armed giants have changed our landscape! Traveling these highways as a boy we saw an occasion tumbleweed, some grazing cattle and a lot of nothing! What struck me as I marveled at the spinning rotors was the thought, isn’t that what we are called to do as Christian Leaders and that is to change the landscape? What was even more remarkable was that a cost of over $1,000,000 each, how many of them stood idol, not really doing what they were made for.

As Christian leaders we understand the ultimate price that Christ paid on the cross and that cannot be measured in dollars. Our calling is to make a difference in the market place, to make a difference….and change the landscape! Are you up to the call? How do you measure up?

As the parallels continued I thought about what these turbines are designed for and that is providing power to millions of households and business throughout the land. As Christian Leaders we are called to not only share the saving power of Jesus but be transformed!

Romans 12:2 NIV says….Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is ---his good, pleasing and perfect will.

So the question is, how are you changing the landscape? Are you empowered by the Holy Spirit and how is that power impacting your leadership? Here are 10 simple reminders:

  1. Share your vision
  2. Live your values
  3. Lead with compassion
  4. Do what right for your people
  5. Serve others
  6. Lead by example
  7. Develop others
  8. Invest in yourself
  9. Be Salt & Light
  10. Pray daily for your team

Keep in mind on a wind turbine that the rotors spin to produce the power. In your life your three sources of power are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirt. May you lead in that power every day!

ON TAPPING INTO THE STRENGTH WITHIN YOU

Colossians 2: 9-10. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. The most readily accessible growth in our Christian walk will come from a deeper acceptance of what God has already promised.

We trust God for our eternity, but question whether he’ll handle the meeting, the situation or the problem.

If I had to put a percentage to it, I’d say that 99% of the value and effectiveness of our day-to-day Christian experience comes from our capacity to connect with God’s promises… owning the amazing work, love and peace He has said is already done in each of us. The rest is allowing the momentum of that clarity and belief to drive all we are and everything we do - with that easy yoke and light burden we hear about but seldom experience. God was careful to make hundreds of tangible promises about our value, the strength we possess, the favor we have and that He has gone before us, is with us, and will deal with the aftermath in ALL things. For many, these empowering truths remain somewhere between back-of-mind and nowhere-to-be-seen as we move through day-to-day activities, challenges and opportunities. Subscribing to four realities can transform everything about our life if we filter them through the lens of what is already done, not what is coming: 1. What God has said about who He is. 2. The intense power and wisdom we have in Him. 3. The value He will deliver in all present circumstances. 4. The endless blessings He will provide in what is to come.

Taking ownership of His specific promises before any conversation, meeting, initiative or vision will bring a peace, confidence and awareness that passes our understanding. As for the outcomes, they will be nothing short of, well… what He has already promised!

The Big Question: What would my life be like if I walked in the full awareness and acceptance of what God has already promised me?

Windows & Mirrors

What are you looking at … windows or mirrors? What does your heart contain?

In his book “Good to Great,” author Jim Collins shares that one of the factors that contributes to achieving “greatness” is what leaders choose to look through when things happen. Leaders of great organizations look out the “window” when things go well to credit others for success, and look in the “mirror” to take responsibility when things are not going well. Ineffective leaders choose the opposite: they find someone or something to blame for the lack of success and credit themselves when things are successful.

A recent example of this is Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, who looked in the mirror and took full responsibility for what many call the dumbest play ever in a Super Bowl — i.e., throwing a pass at the one yard line that was interecepted. Pete could have easily looked out the window and blamed the offensive coordinator, quarterback, receiver, or team.

Windows & mirrors also apply to our hearts. John the Baptist understood this when he encountered Christ. John simply stated, “He must increase; I must decrease.” (John 3:30). Often we seek only ourselves in our vocation, our work, our relationships, our life. We look in the mirror and choose to offer our services only when the work to be done brings us honor or enhances our self-importance or standing. Our hearts are mirrors reflecting self-centered motivations, focusing on increasing me. Yet we are called to humility — to look out the window to others — so that are hearts open up to be like Jesus, centered on humble service, loving others, and enabling them to increase.

In our hearts, a window instead of the mirror forces us to look at “what’s possible” and to focus on others. Mirrors weaken our mission and impact; windows empower it.