24 May: The Curse of Leadership

Today’s chapter shows that even someone who’s clearly visible as a suitable leader, will experience rejection from at least one party…

READ 1 SAMUEL 10  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Everyone wants to be liked. Few people feel fine about being publically put down or disliked. It becomes very difficult, for example, when you get picked for a role then hear grumbling on the side lines. [v27]

Leadership can be a great blessing – since people, by nature, thrive in an environment of trust with accountability and potential for great good. A leader will thrive best when his/her followers like and respect who they are and what they’re trying to do. How fun it is to see progress from your hard work, knowing that it’s because your leader has empowered you or, you’re empowered to lead by your positive team. With that said, leadership can also be a real curse since people, by nature, have potential for great harm. But what has this 3,000-year-old story in today’s chapter to do with us today?

If a leader, am I helping my followers thrive today – knowing who’s on my team and empowering their full potential for great good as a shepherd and servant-leader? If a follower, am I falling into the category of “Saul’s valiant men”. [v26] Regardless of fully knowing Saul’s strengths or weaknesses, they committed themselves to the greater good at the outset, by being positive members of his team. Whatever I’m experiencing, one thing is sure – the success of any team is in who’s on the team. If I’m following the omnipresent (ever-present) Creator God, He’ll be with me on my team.

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with the one who designed you to be like Him? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Wealth and honour come from You, Lord, because You’re the ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, I give You thanks, and praise Your glorious Name. [1 Chronicles 29:12-13]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the people of France[b]
  • Your Country: God’s Will to be done on Earth
  • Yourself: Commitment to your Maker
  • Your concerns for today
Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, Lord, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. [Psalm 90:14]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

I want to honour You now, Lord God of my ancestors, and do Your will. I want to separate myself from everything that will influence me away from You. [Ezra 10:11]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Thank-you Father God that, because we love You, You’ll rescue us; You’ll protect us, for we acknowledge Your Name. [Psalm 91:14]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[c] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Using our Gifting

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” [Galatians 6:10]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/fran/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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