Articles of Faith: Tools of the Trade

David and Goliath

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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.
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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

tommygrillOne 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

    • Family: 

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.

    • Career:  

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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Articles of Faith: Leading through Challenges

Elijah talking to God

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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.
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We all face challenges on our path to achieving our goals. 

  • But what do we do when we face challenges from specific people?
  • Do we run from it, hide from it, or just bury our head in the sand and ignore it?
  • Do we still do this even though we have been destined to succeed?

Fleeing from Adversity

A great illustration of this is the prophet Elijah.

  1. Elijah performed many miracles in the name of God in the Northern Kingdom of Israel.  He stayed loyal to God even though other people had begun to worship the false idol Baal.  However, during his greatest test, he failed.  When Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah, he fled for his life.

Not only did he run, but he hid from God in a cave on Mount Horeb (I Kings 19.)  Elijah was experiencing a moment of loneliness and despair.  Even though his name means “The Lord My God”, he felt alone and hid his face from God.

It is common for us to have fear. Fear is a natural reaction to significant or unexpected challenges when they arise.

It is also common for a leader to feel threatened by others, especially when they have been successful.

Someone Always Has Your Back

But, true to his greatness, God proved that he is always there for us.

But God did question Elijah…

“What are you doing here?”

When you reach this moment of despair and helplessness, ask yourself this same question.  We don’t belong in this situation.  We have been anointed by God and already proclaimed victory over our situation and circumstances.

It is during this time, God will show his greatness to us.  It is not through a significant event (moving mountains, earthquakes, etc.)  Only a gentle whisper was the indication of his awesomeness.

During this time is when we need to be the most quiet and still.

Just as it is important to lead vocally, it is equally important to know when to sit in silence and just listen.

There will be people in our life that have always given us sound advice, but we may have chosen to ignore them.  It’s the message that they may have for us during this time that may uplift us out of this situation.

Humble Servants Listen

God told Elijah to go back and perform specific tasks.  At this moment, Elijah showed his true leadership quality…he listened.  Because he listened to God, he not only performed more great miracles, he also developed another leader who would eventually take his place (Elisha.)

Through his humbleness, he once again became great and ascended to Heaven.

Maintaining humility during this time will make sure that people are willing to help. As stated before, listening to a few wise words may be the key to pulling you through to victory.

The Leader’s Reaction

Being a leader is not easy.  The bible says that people and principalities will rise up against you.  However, when this occurs, we must remember the following points:

1) Stop: 

Our first reaction is to react.  But the most important reaction may be to just stop.  Reacting without thought may be more harmful to the situation.

2) Listen:  

Take a moment to go into a quiet place and listen to God.  God is always there for us.  He leads us through walking with us, or, carrying us.

3) Move:  

Now do what God has called us to do.  Don’t just sit there listening. God has giving us direction so now move on and keep leading according to his word.

How did you handle challenges from other people?  How did you keep control of your team and objectives?  What was the reaction of the challenger?

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Chadwick Taylor is CEO of KONKERER Leadership
He develops servant leaders through individual development and workshops

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