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The Rainmaker

Is rain made? Of course not. It just rains. You don’t do anything special to make the rain come down (unless you’re good at rain dance). In business too, it seems to just happen for some people. Everything just seems to fall in place just at the right time for the right results.

But in reality, God set up all the factors that produce rain. In a similar way, in the things we do, we need to be faithful to set up all the important factors for things to happen. But what if it never rains? In nature, we never have the situation where it is always a drought, every year, every month.

Learn to enjoy the process of setting up all the factors for success. Without worrying about results, just focus on the task. Enjoy what you do, and do it well. Ultimately, it will rain.

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You’re Only Seeing the Outside Layer of Skin

A week after the operation, the doctor said “You’re only seeing the outer layer of skin. So all the irregularities you sense are due to the various other factors going on inside.”

Although you are carefully monitoring the various aspects of your organization, there are numerous internal factors that go unnoticed. Those factors show up on the outside as irregularities in relationships, practices, and moods.

Stay focused on accomplishing your mission. Let your values determine your practices. There is too much at stake. Deal with the internal matters, but don’t get sidetracked by frivolous issues that may be disconnected from your mission. 

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Are you telling or asking?

It is often difficult to determine whether someone is simply notifying you about something or asking you for your input. Out of a desire to help we begin to give them our opinion and ideas. We go through the entire spectrum of helpful ideas and suggestions. We may even volunteer our services, time, and effort to help them solve their difficulty.

But they simply were not asking you for your opinion. It was just a notification. They just want to let you know what they’ve already decided in their minds. Their mind was already made up. We were only supposed to listen, smile and nod. We feel rejected and misunderstood – so do they.

If we would just hold our tongue a bit longer, things would be different. Allow people to speak their minds clearly. Wait a few minutes and just listen to all they have to say. Be sure to listen “between the lines” for the heart of the matter. Their desires, intentions, and plans. Once we understand that they have made up their minds, hold your tongue. Listen intently and try to understand. Then smile and acknowledge their decision.

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Transferring Vision

When vision is not transferred, you have a work force. But when you have successfully passed on your vision, you have a team.

The choice is yours. Do you want a work force or a team of people passionate about achieving their vision (and yours)?

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Hindrances to being part of a team

It’s one thing to join the team but a totally different factor to feel part of the team. There may be two reasons for this.

First, it takes time for others to accept new people with new perspectives and ideas. They may also see you as an intrusion to their established community of friends.

Second, you may have plenty of inhibitions within you. Insecurities keep you from truly accepting the friendship they may be offering. Their words and gestures of acceptance may go unnoticed because of your insecurities.

Be understanding of them and yourself. Then get on with the program and fulfill the vision of the team.

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If You’re Before Your Time

You could have an advantage over others who come after you. But you could also become the object of ridicule and jealousy.

But you’ve got to be true to yourself and to who you are. 

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New enough to lead

Have they been around long enough to lead? But if they have been around for a long time but have not stepped up to lead yet, you need to think again. Maybe they have become calloused or they just have not caught your vision. If they had caught your vision, they would have taken the step to take responsibility. But since they have not stepped up to lead yet, most probably they have not caught the vision. Remember, seniority doesn’t need to be a requirement for leadership.

So we need to ask if they are new enough to lead. If they are new, they can be molded and directed according to your vision. As soon as they catch the vision, give them some basic training and find a quick way to move them into leadership responsibilities. (Just make sure to add some “on the job” training for leaders so they can develop further and stay sharp). You may get some “push-back” from those with seniority, but you’ve got to keep your ground.

Go ahead and look for those who are new enough to lead.

Irritating reminders​

Constant reminders can become irritating and bothersome. But valuable things require reminders. Some don’t want to hear it, but it may be your responsibility to remind and inform. Don’t let them away you. Just keep at it. Be faithful.

Shake the dust off

When people don’t respond to the Good News we share, we’re often disappointed. Our disappointment drives us to pursue them further. We spend more time with them trying to convince them of something they don’t want.

Jesus’ advice for us in such situations was to shake the dust off our feet. He said “If anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town” (Matt 10:14).

In other words, move on. There are so many who are waiting for the Good News, but we waste or efforts on those who are not interested. Of course we continue to genuinely love them. But we must move on to others with the Good News. 

It’s Not Yours. It’s God’s Power

Power is intoxicating. Supernatural power is dangerously intoxicating. It’s easy to think that God’s power working through us has something to do with us.

Don’t get so possessive. It’s not yours. It’s God’s power. The Bible says “… we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Cor 4:7).

When God’s power works through us to heal the sick, cast out demons, and transform lives, that’s a great feeling. After some time, it’s easy to get carried away thinking that we are something special. God uses us to do his miraculous work even though we are weak in many ways. That is because of his grace. Our weakness does not disqualify us from being used by God; when he uses us in spite of our weakness, God’s name is glorified. If we are used by God due to our merits, then we would deserve the credit. 

It was for this same reason that Paul was unashamed of his weaknesses: “…to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelation, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited” (2 Cor 12:7).

So be careful. Don’t get possessive with God’s power. It’s His. When God uses you, check your heart for any selfish motivations. Make sure that people see Jesus and not you.

Your Turn

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Alexi George is a pastor, teacher, and writer. He is devoted to helping people live their potential.

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