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W30D5 - Finances

"For the love of money is a root of all kinds
of evil. Some people, eager for money, have
wandered from the faith and pierced themselves
with many griefs" - 1 Timothy 6:10.

Money is not the problem in the life of a company or an individual. It is the love of money that causes all kinds of problems. Leaders must first be aware of this personal danger for, if they do their job well, they will probably be rewarded financially. If their organization is successful, then the company will also have abundant financial resources. The only antidote for the love of money is generosity and giving, so leaders must develop this trait in their own lives and then help their companies develop a corporate sense of community service and generosity. This isn't just good business, this is a moral necessity!

LEADERSHIP STEP: First, examine your personal giving habits. Do you give your time, money, talent and expertise to other people and organizations? Second, do an audit of your organization's generosity, even if you are supported by the donations of others? Once you assess where you and your organization are, then your Step today is to determine how you, your family or your company can be more generous in to escape the love-of-money's evil and dangerous hold.

W30D4 - Productivity

"Where there are no oxen, the manger
is empty, but from the strength of an
ox come abundant harvests- Proverbs 14:4.

An ox is a big animal capable of working hard and moving heavy objects. While a valuable asset to have, the ox creates its own problems because it has to be fed and then creates a lot of manure. This verse is not about care for oxen, but rather teaches that leadership is sometimes a messy process. Leaders cannot always play it safe, keeping their world simple and their manger clean from all mess. At times, they must work with people and processes that, while complex or creating certain own problems, bring tremendous opportunities for growth and innovation. And fear of risk or change can keep a company and its people stuck in a rut that can lead to serious problems down the road.

LEADERSHIP STEP: How prone are you to risk? Do you realize that deciding to do nothing, thus keeping your manger clean, is actually a decision that has serious implications? Your Step today is to ponder whether your aversion to risk is costing your organization future opportunities and growth. You can do this by listening to others who are less fearful of risk and carefully considering what they say, and not just focusing on what can go wrong, but also what can go right.

W30D3 - Attitude

"If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward;
if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging
the trust committed to me" - 1 Corinthians 9:17.

When you replace 'preach' with 'lead' in today's verse provides a new perspective on leadership. The age-old question of whether leaders are born or made is changed to whether or not leaders are called to lead. When leaders lead, they are fulfilling a mandate or assignment from the Lord, regardless of whether they head a Fortune 500 company or their garden club. In the context of this verse, leadership is its own reward - the knowledge of being used by God for a unique role and purpose. If nothing else, leadership is fulfilling a trust or stewardship that God assigns the leader to fulfill and complete. Thus leaders do not lead for what they can get - although there are rewards - but for what God has called and singled them out to do.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Are you leading voluntarily? Do you see your leadership role as a duty or a calling, or both? Today's Step is to examine your attitude toward your leadership, whether you are leading now or preparing to lead in the future. Are you protecting yourself from hurt or criticism by 'laying low' or are you actively engaging opportunities to lead? Do you see that when you lead others, you serve the Lord regardless of how they receive or treat you when you lead?

W30D2 - Coaching

"So the Lord said to Moses, 'Take Joshua son of Nun,
a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay
your hand on him. Have him stand before Eleazar
the priest and the entire assembly and commission
him in their presence. Give him some of your authority
so the whole Israelite community will obey him. He is to
stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions
for him by inquiring of the Urim before the Lord. At his
command he and the entire community of the Israelites
will go out, and at his command they will come in'" Numbers 27:18-21.

Joshua had served Moses and been close to him as Moses led Israel out of Egypt and through the Wildnerness. Now it was time for Moses to help Israel make the transition to Joshua's leadership after Moses had ruled for 40 years. First, notice that Joshua had the spirit of leadership on him, so he was obviously God's choice to lead. Then Moses was to establish Joshua in front of the people so people could mentally and emotionally make the transition to a new leader. Finally, Joshua was to have access to the priest so he could make decisions with God's guidance and assistance. Leaders must pay attention to the issue of succession, making sure that their successor has everything he or she needs to do the job effectively and is known and accepted by the people.

LEADERSHIP STEP: No matter what position you have in your organization., you must realize that you will not have it forever and will have to turn it over to someone else someday - and you are not always aware of what day that will be! Your Step today is to make a decision to begin training one person (or a team of people) in what you do, or at least preparing a document outlining your job duties so that someone (or a team) can replace you when the time is right to do so.

My TV Show

The first (of what I hope is many) edition of Your PurposeQuest is scheduled to be broadcast here locally starting this Tuesday, July 29. Once it has run through it's local schedule, it will be my property and will be available for the world to view on my new Vimeo channel. For now, the show will be broadcast on channel 21 (if Comcast is your cable provider) and channel 47 (if Verizon is your provider). Here are the times as sent to us by PCTV network:

  1. Tuesday 7/29/2014, 7:00PM
  2. Wednesday 7/30/2014, 1:00PM
  3. Thursday 7/31/2014, 6:00PM
  4. Friday 8/1/2014, 1:00PM
  5. Saturday 8/2/2014, 8:00PM
  6. Monday 8/4/2014, 5:00AM
  7. Tuesday 8/5/2014, 7:00PM
  8. Friday 8/8/2014, 11:00AM
  9. Saturday 8/9/2014, 7:00PM

I really don't have any more information than this, so set your smartphone alarms as a reminder and tune in to the first show. Maggie Johnson and Doug Sprague are on the show to talk about - what else - purpose! When you watch, write and let me know what you thought of Your PurposeQuest and then be watching for more shows as they are scheduled and uploaded.

The Container is Distributed!

I heard from both Pastor Peter and Pastor Francis this week since they both received the goods we shipped over to Kenya. My thanks to Pastor Joel Chola and is team at Matheny Ministries for helping to coordinate this distribution. I am going over this Thursday, so I will be able to see firsthand the impact these resources are making and how they are being used.

First, let's start with Pastor Peter's update and pictures:

Dear Dr. John,

This is wonderful as I report that yesterday we managed to pick the cargo from Metheny Ministry. The WAPIS Boxes 1whole family of WAPIS was joyous and overwhelmed, for this was beyond our expectation. We have to commend the packing team for the boxes were well done and clearly labelled, hence identification was easy. I have managed to contact other groups to come and pick their share.

WAPIS Boxes 2This morning pastor Francis has confirmed he has picked his, The Bomet team has confirmed they we'll pick later in the week. On behalf of the Kenya families, I wish to pass our word of thanks from the bottom of our hearts to all the people who made this noble work worth.

May the almighty God bless you abundantly for your act of generosity will not go away unnoticed by our Father in heaven. Amen.

He is the reason for our living.

Pastor Peter

And here is Pastor Francis:

Dr. John,

Upako Boxes 2We are very happy and wanted to inform you that we received six boxes containing books, three boxes Upako Boxes 1containing sports T-shirts, and seven boxes of children shoes and seven containing big shoes (all 21). God bless you so much for the supplies which are very helpful to us. We are talking to Peter to change for us the big shoes so that we get the sizes of our children.

Hope to see you in a week's time. May God's grace continue upon you.

Pastor Francis

As I mentioned, I am heading over this Thursday and still need some money to distribute to our friends to help feed the children and widows in their care. Please consider a gift through my website or send a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882 (let me know you have sent it and I will be able to take the money over before it actually arrives in my PO Box).  I promise more pictures and updates when I arrive.

Week 30 Day 1 - Emotional Intelligence

"Then Nathan asked Bathsheba, Solomon’s
mother, 'Have you not heard that Adonijah, the son
of Haggith, has become king, and our lord David
knows nothing about it?'" - 1 Kings 1:11.

At this point in his career, King David was pretty much out of the day-to-day operations of the kingdom. His staff was preoccupied with meeting his personal needs and that left a vacuum at the top of the nation, which Adonijah tried to fill through a coup. David almost died before he installed Solomon as the rightful king. The point is that David inflicted much anxiety and angst upon his people by refusing to deal with his aging and who would take over the throne, insisting that death be the only cause of his retirement. Leaders must realize that the nation, organization or company does not exist only to serve their needs and provide their comfort, but should do the same for as many in the entity as possible.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Are you training your successor? Your Step today is to first recognize that you may be the source of pain and suffering in your organization through your refusal to delegate or plan for the future. Then you must develop a plan to identify your successor or at least to begin to train others in some of the functions you perform in your company. Just talking about your eventual departure will help people with that reality and give them less cause for concern.

Rest Stop 29

Nehemiah said, 'Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks,
and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This
day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord
is your strength'" - Nehemiah 8:10.

Nehemiah saw that the people were burdened with grief and despair and he ordered them to party as a nation. The day was 'holy,' which just meant that God had set it apart for a special purpose (it was not a day  to do nothing as some interpret a Sabbath to be; it was a day to cultivate and protect joyful hearts). What's more, Nehemiah ordered them not to grieve but to do what they had to do to get in touch with and maintain their joy, which was the source of the their strength. Leaders should work to maintain the joy in their own lives and then help others discover and nurture theirs, for joy is the secret energy source of all productive and healthy people.

LEADERSHIP STEP: You can take time off from work, but if you don't have joy, you won't find the strength and rest you crave and need. Your Step today is to read my article 'Joy Inventory' and then follow the process that I describe for a week or even just a few days. Then look at your inventory list to see what it reveals to you. When was joy present in your heart? What were you doing? When did joy run away and hide? What does tell you about your work at this time?

W29D6 - Relationships

"So Jonathan made a covenant with the
house of David, saying, 'May the Lord call
David’s enemies to account'" - 1 Samuel 20:16.

Jonathan and David had a close relationship, through which they served and encouraged one another. Jonathan knew he was the be David's right-hand man in the king's administration and David valued Jonathan's friendship above any other relationship. Unfortunately, Jonathan's premature death in battle prevented their friendship from maturing beyond what it was. Leaders must not fall into the flawed thinking that they do what they do in isolation. Rather, they should acknowledge their need for many to help them do the work, and some to be close enough to serve as confidantes, comrades and friends.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Your leadership is not threatened but rather enhanced by a core of close followers who are also friends. Your Step today is to sit down and make a list of your closest associates in any of the work that you do, including family. Then take time to write a note or pay a personal visit to say 'thank you' for their help and support. Then use this list to pray for those people regularly. If your list is short, then you have work to do to build your network of relationships.

W29D5 - Collaboration

"Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, 'Come,
let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised
men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing
can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many
or by few.' 'Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer
said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul'" - 1 Samuel 14:6-7.

Jonathan proposed a bold plan to attack the Philistines (something his father Saul with the army refused to do) and his armor-bearer agreed wholeheartedly to accompany him. Jonathan provided the leadership and his armor-bearer the followership and together they were able to create such a stir that eventually the army of Israel moved out of fear and attacked as well. Here we see that: 1) leaders provide adventure and purpose; 2) leaders need at least one follower to be a leader; 3) the armor-bearer also became a leader of Israel through his courageous followership; 4) courageous leaders and followers operate in faith; and 5) courageous followers encourage leaders to act on their leadership vision.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Are you creating enough exciting opportunities for people to express their followership? Today's Step is to identify your followers and their reasons for following. Are they following your vision or out of fear? Do they have faith or are they living off your faith? Can you speak to them and they respond with their own courage and vision? One other thing to consider: have you been a good follower when required so that you are reaping what you have sown?