This post is part of our Sunday Series titled “Articles of Faith.”
We investigate leadership lessons from the Bible.
See the whole series here. Published only on Sundays.
Have you ever felt that you were overwhelmed with a task? Did you feel that you were not properly prepared? Did you look up to that sky and exclaim….
”WHY ME, GOD???”
This happens to all of us. But it is critical that we remember I John 4:4; nothing or no one is bigger than our God. He will not leave us during our most difficult journeys and trials. Instead, the earlier trials we have already accomplished prepared us for this task.
The Right Tools
One of my passions is grilling. I can grill all day long if I had the time (and that amount of food.) One Father’s Day, my wife and daughter surprised me with a grilling kit called “Tools of the Trade.” It had everything needed for grilling – spatula, brush, tongs, etc.
These tools were not selected randomly for this kit. Rather, they each had a specific purpose during the grilling process.
Having the right tools available made my job a lot easier, and prepared me for the task at hand.
This is also true as we go through life’s journey. We will encounter several “tools” during this voyage that will be used at a later time to continue to move us forward. We gain them by first living life, then learning from it. Sometimes we will question God as to the tool that he gave us.
Is this the right one? Will it work?
God always gives us the right tool at the right time to be successful at this moment.
Think Like a King
Let’s think about David for a second specifically in I Samuel 17.
We are all familiar with the story how he defeated the mighty Philistine Goliath, with only a Sling Shot and a rock. Sometimes our focus is that the sling shot is his only possession to defeat his enemy. But the most fascinating thing about this situation is that all he NEEDED was a sling shot!!
He did not need a canon, bazooka, or even an army, just a sling shot and a rock. He went into battle properly prepared, stayed faithful to God, and was victorious in the end.
God gave him all he needed to win!
Your Leadership Toolbox
The three steps will focus leaders on building our tool box:
1) Collect Your Tools:
David was given the sling shot by God – not a shield, bow / arrow, army, etc. but a child’s sling shot. He was unaware that this will be used to kill a giant (it is typically used to hunt small animals.) However, we learn that no tool is too small to use in your daily journey. What may appear as the smallest, most insignificant tool or trait (compassion, listening, empathy, humbleness, etc) may be our best weapon. We must continue to collect tools during our journey
2) Have Faith in Your Tools:
We must believe that they will work once we need them, even-though it is unproven. By believing in our heart and not our mind, we focus on achieving the goal and not the outcome. We leave the outcome in God’s hands (HIS word has already defined faith as believing in the unseen in Hebrews 11:1.
3) Apply Your Tools:
There are three key areas that we need to always apply our tool
We must be leaders at home first so that our spouses, children, parents, etc are influenced by our leadership. Our tools that we demonstrate at home will maintain our Christ-centered environment.
We must build those around us are work or in our career. People we interact on a professional level will take on our behavior and personality. It is our responsibility to show our beliefs and values in the professional setting as well as personal. Also, by using our tools we can keep everyone focused on the task to accomplish.
- Development of others:
This will allow our tools to be utilized exponentially. Once we touch one person, they touch someone else, that person touches someone else, and so on. This becomes a perpetual chain that will build our communities. God had already spoken to Abraham and committed to make his nation great.
Are you gathering your tools along your journey? How effective are you using them? Who is benefiting from your previous journeys and your testimony?
Kontinue to Konker.
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