"Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him" - 1 Samuel 16:23.
David was obviously a skilled musician and his talents did not go unnoticed by the royal court. He was recruited to play for the king, but those were no ordinary concerts. David had to play for a mentally-disturbed king who had severe issues with depression and anger. David's playing soothed the king's foul moods but instead of the king or his counselors addressing the real problem, they sought temporary relief through music. The point here is that David was called to serve in an awkward and delicate situation, and his talents were put to use in a way he probably never imagined. Leaders often have to devote their talents to difficult situations that do not always serve their career interests but contribute to some public or corporate good that helps other people.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to examine your motives for service and excellence. Are you pursuing those two values for your own benefit or for the benefit of other people? Are you avoiding tough assignments to protect yourself and your career path? Do you feel bitter that you have been used to make a bad situation better without proper recognition or reward? Have you made your talents and gifts totally available to the Lord for Him to utilize wherever and whenever He chooses?