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Everyone who watches these videos, short ones … I hope you enjoy them. But I’m going to conclude that you’re a leader. You’re a leader of some sort. You will be a leader of greater sort. But you like to learn, you like to watch, you like to grow. So I’m speaking today to leaders, especially in finding peace in the middle of leadership.
Leadership is a neutral term. You can lead a person to do good or evil, inspire them to a huge amount of accomplishments. Unfortunately, we have had good and bad leaders. I wish all leadership was only good.
Leadership is hard. Leadership is hard because it’s lonely. You’ve got to make decisions. Leadership is hard because you have to work with people. If you’re only working with machines, you can always pull the plug and stop them from working. If you’re working with animals, you can train them in some way to always follow what you want them to do. My son is a dog trainer, and he can pretty much get the dog to do what he wants the dog to do. But you’re working with people, and people can make life a challenge for you.
Leadership is also hard because of the need to interpret the reality that the organization must accomplish, to find out what is the place of this organization or business or company in the world. There are many realities out there. And so here, in loneliness, you are to make decisions and take your business into the future. And so there are layers layers of complexity. Nobody can predict the future. You can try to project into the future, but you can’t predict it–too many variables around.
There’s also degrees of ambiguity. Not everything is as clean and clear as you want it. In fact, there is a leadership guru who says, “If you are not confused, you’re not paying attention.” He is actually quite right. So how do we find peace in the middle of the responsibilities of leadership? Important question for you to ponder.
You’ve probably already felt the tensions of how to lead people and organizations, and business, and companies, the middle of complexity, and a layered ambiguity, and the loneliness of having to make decisions, which reverberate across the whole business. And for long term, even the most harmless, seemingly unintentional mistakes become very difficult to manage into the future.
So the contemporary view is to find earthly wisdom through leadership books. There are hundreds of leadership books which are produced every year, and many of them give anecdotal proofs. Some try to provide data and some knowledge, and you often find data that conflict and anecdotes that conflict.
One of the newest techniques in finding current earthly wisdom is called mindfulness, where you take some time to be quiet, going through perhaps a technology on an app, which will help you to be quiet. Some people call it very modish because mindfulness has been with mankind for millennia, for decades, for centuries. Come with me all over the world. Everybody will say be a little quiet, and that’s good.
I recommend [an] afternoon nap. It will help you be mindful. My plane last night was very late, and so I had to somehow reset my mind and body to get ready to present this particular talk to you. Mindfulness.
I heard about the eager leader who asked his guru about how long it will take for him to have peace in the middle of his responsibility. He said, “If you practice mindfulness for 10 years, you will gain it.” And the leader said, “Sir,” to the guruji, “If I were to practice it very hard and double up my effort, how long will the 10 years take?” And the guru said, “It will take double. Double the effort means double the length, the years. So, it’ll 20 years.” Immediately, the eager leader gave up on mindfulness.
Get a nap in the afternoon. You’ll like it. You’ll be able to have a brand new afternoon and evening and stay up in the night in your leadership responsibility.
You probably heard about the man who said “I don’t need mindfulness techniques. My mind is already full. I don’t need any more techniques.” That’s current, earthly wisdom. But what you and I need is eternal wisdom. Where can we find eternal wisdom so we can have peace in the responsibility of leadership?
Well, eternal wisdom means only one can provide, the one who is eternal. Consider the wisest man who ever lived, at least for a period of his life. King Solomon said, “Wisdom’s ways are pleasant.” Wisdoms are found and [lead] to the paths of peace. Wisdom is found and leads to the path of peace. Where can you find eternal wisdom? It has to be God, but where can you find God’s wisdom?
Well, the Lord Jesus Christ is called the “wisdom of God.” So in a live trust situation with the wisdom of God, who is the Lord Jesus, saying you’ll experience peace into your leadership.
We cannot find wisdom in our own resources and strength. We definitely can’t sustain them. The only option is to go to God, and God says, “I want to point you to my Son, the Lord Jesus, who came to this earth to, not only save you, but to be your leader.” And trust Him in a live trust relationship, in a personal, vital relationship with Him. Trust Him and walk into the future–first as your Savior, as the one who can be eternally your Savior, and then eternally your leader. He’ll walk with you, leader, in the middle of complexity, working with people and the loneliness of leadership, in live trust embrace of the Lord Jesus as your Savior-leader. You think about it. Let’s talk about it.
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