G.K. Chesterton once said, “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” As human beings, it seems we have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted in our lives.
As a follower of Jesus, we must never lose our perspective on our leadership and influence over the lives of others. However, it’s so easy to get carried away and become disconnected with our mission and vision. It becomes natural then for us to take things for granted. This becomes a deadly poison that hinders not only our ability to learn and grow, but be in presence with our Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to take heed of Benjamin Israeli who said, “The secret to success is the consistency of purpose.” I may add, “the right perspective” as well.
The following excerpt is from Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodge’s Lead Like Jesus in which they wrote a series of statements/affirmations to help them give focus and perspective in their ministry. If you feel you are losing focus and perspective, I would encourage this will continue to ignite your passion to lead yourself and others. Feel free to print this out and read it every morning as part of your morning ritual. As Romans 12:2 says “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.“
A Christian Leader’s Perspective
- “I have been called and have accepted the invitation to enter into a special personal relationship with Jesus Christ as my Savior, my Lord, my teacher and my friend.
- As a follower of Jesus, I enjoy great privilege in personal access to his wisdom and provisions for living in harmony with God’s plan and purpose for me as an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God’s great universe.
- I am the object of God’s affection and through the blood of Jesus enjoy an exhaustible supply of unconditional love, acceptance, and value that is not at risk or dependent on my performance.
- I am a temporary steward of a wide variety of riches on loan from God to be enjoyed, maintained, and used for their intended purpose.
- I will be called to give account for my stewardship when all the things of the world are returned to the owner.
- All those I seek to lead are made in God’s image and are the objects of His affection. He calls me to treat them as His special concern.
- By seeking to serve rather than to be served as I lead others, I will make Jesus smile.
- Jesus never calls me to follow a flawed plan to fail, including how I am to lead others.
- I have been called not to success but to obedience as a witness to others and as an active agent of God’s plan for His kingdom.
- I accept and find joy in the truth that apart from Jesus I can do nothing, but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
– Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges, Lead Like Jesus