By Amy Kemp
Proverbs 21:1 -" Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God; He directs it to whatever ends He chooses."
Several years back I took a great interest in studying leadership. In fact, I even taught a couple of leadership seminars. The topic is expansive, and surely no one can be considered a true expert, though authors like John Maxwell and Brene Brown have some terrific insights.
If you've read any of my blog posts from the past, you know that I dissect words. I try to feel them, imagine them, smell them, taste them. . .understanding scripture (words) from all senses.
Recently, I attempted the process of dissection on Proverbs 21:1. I invite you to dig into it as well.
A "God-controlled" stream or channel of water is or can be any or all of the following.
Maybe you've read that list and thought, "Ehhh... okay, but I'm not a leader, so no application here." Wrong.
Every single one of us is a person of influence. You are looked upon by someone. Your decisions and your actions are observed by neighbors, children, co-workers, and friends. Your influence, like it or not, may translate to leadership in their lives. They are watching you. So, just for today, re-read that scripture and consider yourself a stream, a "God-controlled" stream. Carry them along, keep them safe, and reflect the Son.
By Clella Camp
I have been going back over a conversation that I was a part of recently. And yes, I was a part of it, not an innocent bystander but a part of the group. And in retrospect, I have decided to be more careful about my participation in such conversations. Was it harmful? I don't think so but was it necessary? Probably not.
How do you feel about gossip? Harmless? Destructive? Not a problem? The subject is on my heart this morning. Society gives gossip many labels- chitchat, rumor, conversation, prayer- wait Prayer? Really? How could prayer be destructive?
As His people, we need to examine our hearts as we make verbal prayer requests to any one on one contact. God knows the details of the situation. Vivid description of the problem as the request is made is not necessary. An explicit detail made public does little for a marital or family situation. Just like the games we played as children; the words change as they are passed from one person to the next. A simple request for prayer is enough. The key here being the word “simple.”
Elaborate prayer requests can be gossip in disguise…can you be trusted? The author of Proverbs tells his reader that a gossip betrays a confidence. (Proverbs 11:13, 20:19) Betraying a friend’s confidence by labeling it a prayer request becomes gossip. Our public prayer requests need to be clear and simple. God will understand. Our friends do not need all the “gory details” in order to pray about the issue.
My prayer today is that I might not betray my friends or my God. Won’t you join me?
A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
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