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December 9, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | December 9, 2015

Crises Demands Leadership

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” Max Dupree

 

Crises call for redeemers — men who will step in and convert otherwise hopeless situations into ones of value, opportunity, and power.  A crisis requires a force for good — men made of the good stuff who will give away what’s inside for God and for people.  Crises demands men of truth — men who are authentic, not synthetic and shallow.  Crises need real beliefs and convictions that transcend the loss to provide hope — men with a message that offers perspective in the midst of the pain. Leaders are men who plunge into emotional, relational, and spiritual darkness as evil forces prevail in the absence of the light and life, a good leader provides by his mere presence.  Show up!

 

To be sure many of us are the last candidates for knighthood. We have pasts.  We have regrets.  We’ve “stepped in it” hundreds of times — just ask our wives.  But we have committed to becoming God’s men in our personal lives. Which means we: pursue God’s purpose, not our own — are led by the promises and truth in His Word — have experienced the deepest forgiveness available — are fearless about the future — are dedicated to serve and love others — speak of heaven with confidence — are ambassadors of the gospel and its power to save — speak truth in love — work for peace in relationships — hate sin and the separation it creates — step out in faith when others question — leave room for the Holy Spirit to do His thing before we do ours.

 

In this hour, in our families and in our situations we know that this moment is meant for us to lead. That’s what God trained us for and we are listening for orders and dutifully executing them for our family at every turn.

 

Thank you Father. I know that it is you in me that causes me to lead.

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