Elephants Recognize Themselves in Mirrors

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What do you see when you look in the mirror.

  • Genesis 1:27
    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Did God say oops,  I must have made a mistake I know he should look like a model, a perfect chin a set of biceps  that will get attention. His hair is a bit thin and I see a bald spot starting.

Oh look a little to much around the waist, and a zit right on his nose, I must have blown it on this one, Oh well I can just whip up another one.

Crazy, yep. The elephant looks in the mirror and sees an elephant, we look in the mirror and see what, fill in the blank

  • Fat
  • Failure
  • Ugly
  • skinny
  • Drunk
  • Smoker
  • Gay
  • Perfect
  • Rich
  • Poor
  • Black
  • White
  • Tattooed  looser
  • Business man Chique
  • GQ Perfect

When we take on the job of deciding what the image of God is, and how we can or should live up to that image I think we set ourselves  up for a major let down.

We were created in His image, we need to look at ourselves as His creation made as He sees fit. I can not change the image I was given but I can change the way I see it. I can see it through the reflective mirror of Jesus and His work, complete in what He has done. Complete in who He says I am.

Tone

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Lead Me

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Some thoughts on things I have picked up on over the years, I cannot quote a source as most of these ideas have been in books and seminar materials I have read over my years in business, some are theoretical but most can be put into action in some fashion.

We can buy leadership skills books, and seminars might help get the thought process moving, but it can’t make us something we are not. Good leaders know how to put their past experiences and lessons learned into action. We have figure out where we have made mistakes and we learn from them, we learn not to dwell on them but to use them as building blocks for tasks ahead.

Some points to ponder

  • As you lead……….
  • Carry your self with confidence and trust others: Leaders don’t walk away from responsibility or difficult decisions; they do not put off decisions out of fear of failure. They face them head on. Strong leadership presence doesn’t mean a loud or over the top presence. Strong leaders can radiate a quality of trust and inspire confidence in their staff without having to be domineering or bossy.
  • You cannot fake it: Good leadership can’t be faked. You can not be everyone’s friend, If you try to be a friend of everyone, you’re not, it will be superficial and phony. Leaders lead through their actions, not by telling others what great leaders we are. We don’t talk about getting things done we just get things done.
  • Earn the authority: Leaders earn their authority through past actions, many unqualified leaders fake their way to the top, and those around them will see it. and will resent those who try to be a leader ,
  • Provide boundaries: Leaders are not there to do everything; they’re there to develop others to get the task at hand done. They don’t do everything for their staff; they train, lead and support them. They find a way to bring out the best in their staff by example.
  • Just take a breath and listen: Well-adjusted leaders sometimes have to play the part of “Norm” the empathetic patron from Cheers. They listen to the ideas and concerns of those around them. And make sure to support, guide, and not hinder the enthusiasm of those wanting to serve. Fellow ministers need to know that their leader is open to others’ opinions and thoughts. Even when things don’t quite go the way they hoped, followers will at least come away knowing that their voice was heard..
  • Show appreciation for others efforts: ministering isn’t about recognition, but occasionally fellow laborers need to feel as though their work is appreciated by those they work with.
  • Do not dominate but do make your presence known. Good leaders trust the abilities of their team and don’t feel the need to do it all. This will give your staff a sense of autonomy, knowing that you have faith in them to fulfill their ministry, be aware of what’s going on around you: able leaders don’t need to constantly micromanage, although we should always know what’s going on with each of the ministries , we do not need to take ownership of all the details.
  • Avoid favoritism: Pastors must look out for the entire flock not just the co- shepherds. Showing favoritism will cause tension and resentment not only between the leader but everyone involved in ministry, Do not show preferential treatment.
  • Don’t be everyone’s friends: This point is harsh and contrary to popular thinking. We all like to be liked, but a mature leader has to make tough decisions, decisions that may upset others in a co-leadership relationship, but a good working relationship involves mutual respect between leaders. We must remain friendly and approachable, but when we try too hard to be everyone’s best friend, just one of the guys we run the risk of having our staff looking for a solid direction from us and we will be so busy with politicking that we are not leading. Tone