Tuesday, February 26, 2013

lead with confidence



There is much to be said for the person who knows where they are going and is heading that way with gusto.  This is the person who has a business idea and takes risks to get to where they want to go.  This is the person who has passion to do something that few other people have attempted.

Often this is the person who is talked about, and others say that what they are dreaming of is impossible.  Often confidence is being able to hear people tell you that you can’t do something, but they take the steps to try anyway.  For me this is defined by the answer to this question: is your dream so outrageous that if God doesn’t show up you will fail?  The answer for me is YES.

A few things come to mind as I think through the vision God has given me and even read about others who dreamed big or listen to the story of the person who is living with confidence in their dream and going for it.

For you will be treated as you treat others.  The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

I believe that the people who go the farthest are those who are gracious to the people around this.  Treating others well does not mean pacifying people or being a people pleaser.  As Zig Ziglar said: You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.

So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.  What can mere people do to me?”

Another of the truths that I am holding tight to is who I have to lean on when times are good or when times are bad.  I must lean on and trust in God.  People will fail us all the time.  Our own strength will fail as well.

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

Many things will tell us about our goals and vision.  I will not belittle the dreams of others, and I believe that God’s plans links many of us and our dreams for His good and His glory.  I am often amazed by the stories I hear from others.  Last Thursday I met a local business man who shared how God led His business to be excellent and to use it’s resources and influence to lead others to Jesus.  How awesome that is.

Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king.  They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!”  So they began the good work.

Nehemiah is one of my favorite people in the Bible.  He led with confidence.  But his confidence came from seeing a need and believing that God would meet that need.  Nothing was going to stop him.  When we lead with confidence and passion, people will join us and even strengthen our vision.  As Nehemiah shared his heart the people around him did amazing things through the strength God gave them.

I cannot wait to see what God does through the vision He has given me as we meet the needs of hungry, hurting and homeless people in our community with no strings attached.  As we meet their needs, we will be sharing the hope that drives our confidence.  That hope is a person, and His name is Jesus.

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