Thursday, December 13, 2018

Daily Devotion: Leadership and Battles

Bible Reading: Joshua 7:1-15

Key Verse: Verse 3 – "And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few."

Key Words: And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up;

A key for a leader is to know when to go to battle. I have a saying that goes, “Pick and choose your battles carefully, or you will end up losing the war.”

As a leader you must understand that God has placed you in a position of leadership, and He allows you to see things others may not see. Let me explain it this way.

A pastor I know writes the following: “There are few things worse than living in a city and not knowing your way around. This happened to us when we lived in San Francisco for a few months the latter part of 1957. It is easy to get lost. All the streets on one side of Mission run in one direction – on the diagonal. Then you add those incredible hills and the winding streets and the little tiny signs that should have been repainted years ago, all the buildings, many of which look alike, and the fog and the hills and the fog and the trolleys, and you’re apt to get lost.

“My wife and I were with some friends atop the new San Francisco Hilton one year and things changed. The Hilton was over twenty stories. For the first time the layout of that city fell into place for me. I can’t really explain why, but it didn’t until then. Off in this direction was the Golden Gate. Over here was the Bay Bridge. Down here was Fisherman’s Wharf, and then Nob Hill and then Chinatown, and back down south were Day City and points down the peninsula. From that perspective we could see everything at once.”

And here is the difference: a leader is able to see things from a different perspective than others. So as a leader when you go to battle make sure it’s a battle you should fight, not simply one you are talked into fighting.

What to do:
✞ Pick and choose your battles carefully or everyone will think you are out just to pick a fight.

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