Empowering or increasing dependency?

Every single interaction must be evaluated with this question in view. When I speak these words – am I empowering this person to live to the fullest potential? Or am I increasing dependency on me as a leader?

The second option is more beneficial to me in the short term but not for the long term. If I increase dependency, I severely limit their growth potential. This not only affects them, it affects me as their leader.

But I could treat every interaction as an opportunity to empower people. Every word and action can be tailor made to empower them and get them on track toward growth and potential.


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70 x 7 

Keep forgiving. All the time. When Jesus gave the instruction to forgive 70×7, the idea was not a specific number of times we need to forgive (some texts state: “77 times”). It was to be a limitless, ongoing attitude and practice of forgiveness.

There needs to be a clear recognition that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23) 

And I must acknowledge that I am the “chief” of those sinners. Once I acknowledge that I am greatly in need of forgiveness as everyone else, the playing field levels off, and I am more free to forgive. 


Arrogance and pride need to give way to 70×7.


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Go ahead and give them a piece of your mind 

Maybe not.

Because usually, “a piece of your mind” just complicates the matter at hand. Better to hold your peace.

Then wait. 


Wait for the appropriate time. Consider the environment, the mood, and the context. You’ll have a much greater impact.

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Judge and condemn!

But first look in the mirror.

I still have to say that Injustice disturbs me to the core. It’s worse when done against the defenseless and innocent.

But when I look in the mirror, I wonder how my sin was the cause of severe suffering for the innocent and defenseless Jesus. He lay on that cross in direct response to my sin and rebellion.

Still I’m disturbed by the Injustice I see all around me. But Jesus said to leave it. He’ll take care of all that in the final day.


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Encourage, discourage, or mock – your choice

​    It’s your choice. You can mock them since you are much better. Your experience surpassses theirs and its no comparision at all. Others mocked you when you were starting out.

    You can discourage them for their own good. After all, with this poor performance, it’s better they find something else to do. They’re never going to get anywhere like this.

    But you can also encourage them to do their best at whatever they do. Tell them they’ll do better. Just keep moving forward, keep pushing, keep striving. You may never see them again. But they’ll always be grateful because someone encouraged them. To keep moving forward.

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Don’t look for the “best”

  Look for the committed and make them better.

    If you look for the best, you’ll be disappointed in the long run. The best are often on a search for a better place to exhibit their abilities. They’re rarely settled. They may spend their entire lives going from one thing to the next, without committing their hearts fully to anything.


    Rather, look for those who’ll connect with your vision. Build them. Train them. Make them better. These will stay focused on the vision and be most productive in the long run.

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Take it or leave it

Don’t go after people like you’re trying to make a sale. The Gospel is good news to some and foolishness to others.

Find out who values it as good news. Invest your time, effort, and energy there.

How do you do this? Use the “take it or leave it” approach. If they see it as foolishness, they’ll walk away – and you too. If they find value in it as good news, they’ll grab hold of it.

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Candy is tasty and therefore good

 

This flawed logic is the basis for numerous traps. Intentionally or unintentionally, it has trapped many and led them on unhealthy paths.

    “Bells, lights, and whistles” are attractive deviations. They look good, and feel good. Those who fail to realize the lack of depth will consistently fall into traps. One either needs discernment or humility to listen to those who do. Most of all, learn to listen to the Holy Spirit.

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Ridiculous trust

How much – or how far should we trust? After risking and trusting, what if we are let down? The risk involves our honor, reputation, and future.

Noah trusted God without any evidence or confirmation. His trust in God was at a higher level than we could imagine. He took one risk after another – all in obedience to God.


Noah took the risk of building the ark one beam at a time. He did it while everyone watched. I’m sure they asked about the foolishness of such a huge project – for an unknown cause and an unseen God.


Don’t expect everyone to follow God. The risk is too great. It’s often the minority and not the major part of society that makes the decision to follow.


But the ones who follow are ready to take the risk. Everyone who sees them may ridicule them, but their hearts are set on the one who called them. And the one who called will transform them into the image of Jesus.


But there are many who don’t trust Jesus with their lives – but they do attend church. I suppose Church is like fire insurance for them. By all means they want to avoid hell. And but by no means do they want to give up control of their lives to someone else – even to Jesus.


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Make the offer, then relax

It takes time for the seed to soak. The idea needs to “soak” into the mind. The mind needs time to think of all the options and the risks.

The heart needs time as the idea goes deep within one’s soul. Thoughts, feelings, options, all meshed together in the heart. A great synthesis takes place within.

The environment also needs to be favorable. Sometimes, the seed may stay dormant until the appropriate time when the environment is favorable for growth.

Don’t get in a hurry. No need for a quick response. The kingdom will move in its own time. It’s own pace. Don’t rush it. God’s timing is just right.

Relax!

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