Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Water Walking - Leading From the Front!

You First!

He who follows the leader won’t be following the follower – Vern McLellan

There are no office hours for leaders – James Cardinal Gibbons

Matthew 14:28:29 Amplified Bible (AMP) 
28 And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.
29 He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus.

Hebrews 12:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

I used to laugh at parents that would do any and everything to get their children to eat their food. I believed that if a child were hungry, they would eat. There was no need to do all of that extra stuff!
Well…recently I caught myself doing the very same thing I would laugh at other parents for doing.

Admittedly I was rushing to feed my son breakfast before school. I knew he was hungry but despite me putting his spoon in front of him, he kept pushing it away.

Before I knew it, I was making airplane sounds and showing him how good the food was (it really wasn’t) by tasting it in front of him. It worked!

Leaders are willing to do what it takes to get the results they desire. Leaders take the first step in confidence and convince others that they will have equally as favorable results.

I can imagine Peter and the disciples being tossed across the deck of the boat during the fourth watch of the night between 3am and 6am. Then, through the crash of the waves they see a man walking on water.

“Leaders know how to walk when everyone else feels like running”

Peter, inspired by his leader, solicits Jesus to beckon him.

There are several people looking for the right motivation to move. Inside they are hungry for progress but they just want to know that someone has accomplished it first.

Sure, Peter stumbled after a few steps on the uncertain surface but mistakes happen when we lose focus. But, what would have happened had Peter never got out the boat. Leaders take risks but they also take time to focus on the goal of those risks.

Take this blog as your motivation! God has placed a hunger in you for greatness. And the template you are searching for is found in Him.

Jesus didn’t ask Peter to do anything he had not already accomplished. And just the same, the trials and difficulties we experience on the path to purpose are setups for success.

People are human and humans aren’t perfect. Jesus endured it all for the glory of the cross. If He can handle it and His spirit is alive and dwelling on the inside of you – YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

Set your eyes on the originator and ultimate example of endurance as well as success.

As a believer, spouse, parent, employer, or employee - You are a leader!