So, I have a habit of reading through the book of Proverbs every month. Each time I do, different verses jump out at me as though they were never there before. I have learned more about living a great “common sense” lifestyle by doing this than through any other leadership book out there. Recently, I was in a conversation with a fellow leader who really wanted to understand God’s ideas on alcohol and leadership.
This is from today’s reading>>>
“Leaders can’t afford to make fools of themselves, gulping wine and swilling beer, Lest, hung over, they don’t know right from wrong, and the people who depend on them are hurt. Use wine and beer only as sedatives, to kill the pain and dull the ache of the terminally ill, for whom life is a living death.
“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!”
Proverbs 31:4-9 MSG
Here are three things I gleaned from these verses>>>
1. Leadership is not about you and what you want. It is about others.
I have grown weary of people aspiring to leadership positions for their own personal gain. The higher up the “corporate” ladder you go, the more of a servant you must become. The part time employee works for a pay check. The leader of the company works so those he leads have a better tomorrow.
2. Keep any substance in its proper place.
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.” -1 Corinthians 6:12
You can become a slave to anything when it calls the shots instead of you. Make sure you are not using anything out of its intended purpose. Make sure you are calling the shots and not your appetites.
3. You need a clear mind so you can be a voice for those who have none.
What we need today are more leaders who are willing to lead people toward all God has created them to be. There are so many people who look fine on the outside by are screaming on the inside for purpose and to feel as though they are making a difference with their lives. As a leader, our job is to constantly be the arrow pointing them in the right direction.