A woman on my team has two young boys.
Grace is something that must be modeled. It must take on a tangible form.
As you can imagine, there are a plethora of opportunities for brothers to give and receive grace from their mom and one another. Their family does this by using their reset button.
Think back to 1-2-3-4, I declare a thumb war and you’ve got the mental picture you need. Except rather than wrestle one another in an attempt to pin their opponent’s thumb, they simply lock fingers and press thumbs.
This is their nonverbal signal that says, “You’re good. We’re good. All’s forgiven. We start fresh from here. Our day can continue and there’s still hope. Let’s do this!”
Do you ever wish you could reset your office? Your life?
So, here are three things to consider as you look out over and plan the next 100 days.
You can’t do it all.
In fact, if we’re being honest, you’re not doing anything. God is doing everything…through you.
Being a change agent means being a willing vessel. Over the next three months, I want to challenge you to be intentional about where you place your focus and who receives the credit.
God has called you to an amazing vision, and He is excited to watch your success. Make sure He’s directly a part of it!
In Isaiah, God got people’s attention: “Lift up your eyes and look about you…” [Isaiah 60:4a]
He has the wealth and blessings to release. So look up!
When you start with the source, you can’t help but get awesome things flowing in your direction!
As a leader, you must make sure you’re healthy before investing in the health of those around you.
The Word tells us what the mouth speaks is an overflow of the heart.
What’s bubbling up and out of you?
Chances are if you haven’t taken the time to spend time with the Spirit, whether through personal prayer time or checking in with an accountability partner for prayer, you’re running on empty.
Be intentional. Choose a devotional or reading plan on a topic you find yourself struggling with; pastoral leadership, creating momentum to avoid attrition, evangelism, and discipleship are great places to start.
Set aside a daily block of time for this – just fifteen minutes.
Check in with yourself at the end of the cycle. Do you feel refreshed? I guarantee you’ll notice a shift!
God knew we wouldn’t be able to do this thing called life alone, let alone take others along for the ride with integrity all by ourselves.
Put on the armor of God.
Every. Single. Day.
Just as you would put on your dress shirt, khakis, tie, socks and shoes – verbally cloak yourself in the armor made just for God’s people!
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. [Ephesians 6:15-17]
That’s a surefire way to dress for success!
I can’t wait to hear how you apply these steps to your daily routines, and what improvements, growths, gains, and advancements you notice after one-hundred days. It’s going to be epic!
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