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Attitude Of Service

To be an inspirational leader, you must adopt an attitude of service toward those you lead. This requires laying aside selfish interests to add value to another person. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” When you serve, you awaken something magnetic inside of you. People are drawn to follow you because they know you’ll find ways to make them better.

Affirmation

To inspire means to have a positive view of others. If we’re not careful, we become fault-finders, magnifying the flaws in everyone around us. Instead, leaders should emulate gold prospectors—always on the lookout for potential gold mines. When they find traces of ore, prospectors assume there’s a rich vein to unearth, and they start digging. Likewise, leaders ought to search for the best traits within a person and commit to uncovering them. Focusing on a person’s strengths inspires them by promoting confidence, growth, and success.

Attentiveness

Great inspirers know the desires of those they lead. As much as people respect the knowledge and ability of their leaders, these are secondary concerns for them. They don’t care how much their leaders know until they know how much their leaders care. When leaders attend to the deeply felt needs of their team, the determination and commitment of each team member skyrockets.

Availability

Leaders inspire by intentionally investing time in the people they lead. They make themselves available. People cannot be nurtured from a distance or by infrequent spurts of attention. They need a leader to spend time with them—planned time, not just a conversation in passing.

In our fast-paced and demanding world, time is a leader’s most precious commodity. While it feels costly to give up, nothing communicates you value a person more than the gift of your time. Also investing time to develop others has a way of reaping dividends. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

Authenticity

To inspire, leaders have to be genuine. Followers want to believe in and trust their leaders. However, when leaders break promises or fail to honor commitments, they reveal themselves as being inauthentic, and lose credibility. Trust rests upon a foundation of authenticity. To gain trust, a leader must consistently align words and deeds, while showing a degree of transparency.

Summary:   Inspiring is more of a process than an event. It’s more than a brilliant speech; it’s cultivating habits of brilliance that manifest themselves daily.

Adapted from John Maxwell’s “5 Attributes of an Inspirational Leader”

Be still, and know that I am God…..

There is peace in brokenness, when we know that that the song continues to play even if at the time we cannot hear it.

I think one of the greatest diseases of the modern west is the need to fix things with immediacy. Very rarely can we find a patient patient. Sometimes I think that when suffering comes, and we cry out to God saying “fix me!” or “fix this!” he says “I am doing…..”

I believe the song that God sings is one of hope, peace, and true joy, and that our suffering can cause us to loose sight and sound of that, but being still and totally honest before God will allow us to again hear the melody.

This week take some time to tune in….

Espresso Scripture, by Ben Norton, 2009.

I found a site tonight called “Advent Conspiracy” (www.adventconspiracy.org) that encourages all of us to do less shopping and less spending and more worshipping and giving to those in need this Christmas season. Go to the site to see a great video on giving during Advent.

See the Advent Conspiracy Video...

The story of Christ’s birth is a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love.

So, what happened? What was once a time to celebrate the birth of a savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists.

And when it’s all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt that will take months to pay off, and this empty feeling of missed purpose. Is this what we really want out of Christmas?

What if Christmas became a world-changing event again?

Welcome to Advent Conspiracy.

Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All

Recently I was invited to give a 30-40 minute Praise and Thanksgiving Concert at 1st UMC in Warrenton, Ga.  I plan to release an album entitled Simply Breathing in January that will incorporate many of the songs from the praise concert. The following lyrics of It’s You are the heart of this album.

It’s You…

It’s your love that rescued me,
It’s your grace that bought me freedom
It’s your joy that gives me strength to go the distance.
It’s your death that gives me life,
It’s your blood that bought my healing,
It’s your presence that moves mountains in my heart.

I need You, more than anything.
I want You more than anything,
I love You more than anything.
Jesus, it’s you, it’s you, it’s you.

 

 

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