Today we get back to our leadership devotionals from the book, Time With God For Fathers, by Jack Countryman. We have some good reminders for leaders as we start the New Year!
#1 The Golden Rule for Leaders
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Sometimes people twist the Golden Rule this way: “Do unto others before they do it unto you.” Our selfish desires to have our own way in life can create a wall between us and God.
The Lord encourages us to love our enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return and our reward will be great. That’s Jesus speaking in Luke 6:35.
The attitude with which we embrace life will determine the leader that we become! God knows us from the inside out. Let the chief desire of our hearts be to please Him; and by doing so, the way that we walk and talk will help others see the love of Christ through us. Living to please God changes everything.
#2 Money Isn’t Everything
“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!”
The love of money touches everyone in life. We often spend most of our working hours trying to get more. The more we get…well…maybe the more we want.
We can sometimes gain an appetite for material possessions we do not necessarily need. 1st Timothy 6: 9 says, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”
The Bible cautions and even condemns the desire to get rich; not because money is a sin, but because money makes a terrible master. People whose primary goal is to get rich end up serving money; and therefore, cannot serve God.
Your leadership perspective about money with your family, friends and co-workers will make a difference!
Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd