"But Ruth replied, 'Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will
be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and
there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely,
if even death separates you and me'" - Ruth 1:16-17.
Naomi and Ruth were widows and Naomi was in a foreign land. Naomi decided to return home to Israel, and urged Ruth to stay behind so that she could remarry, which made sense. Ruth refused to stay behind, but decided to relocate to a new land with her mother-in-law. This was a values-based decision, for it did not seem to be in Ruth's best interests to go. Yet in Ruth's mind, it was because she loved Naomi and had decided to tie her future with Naomi's. Ruth did find a husband in her new land and that couple became the grandparents of King David. Leaders must also learn to identify their values and then make decisions consistent with their values and not just decisions that are expedient or self-serving.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Throughout the year, you have been encouraged to identify, clarify and review your values to ensure that you are acting on them. Have you taken the time to spell them out? Have you then put them in some order of priority? This may seem like a cumbersome exercise because it is new to you. Your Step today is to read the attached article and follow the steps to write out your values. If you have done that, then help someone else clarity theirs.