(Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir;
and from there they brought great cargoes
of almugwood and precious stones. The king
used the almugwood to make supports for the
temple of the Lord and for the royal palace,
and to make harps and lyres for the musicians.
So much almugwood has never been imported
or seen since that day) - 1 Kings 10:11-12.
Solomon's kingdom had to learn how to handle growth and expansion, which meant he and his advisors had to address how they were going to organize their work, inventory, logistics and supplies. Because it is more work and requires new knowledge and skills, some companies and leaders choose not to grow, considering it more trouble than it's worth. Yet there is nothing wrong with - and it may even be God's will - increase as seen in today's passage, so there must have an organizational strategy or philosophy that enables entities to handle more than they have now. That means that wanting 'more' is not always wrong, but may be God's plan.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to examine your attitude toward increase. Your fear of handling more may be a roadblock to your company's expansion and your own growth as a leader. Thus, you may oppose new product lines, methods, acquisitions and services because you are not prepared to go through the changes required to organize a larger sphere of influence. Are you biased against more or bigger? If so, why is that? What can you do to change?