"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault,
and it will be given to you. But when you ask,
you must believe and not doubt, because the one
who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and
tossed by the wind. That person should not
expect to receive anything from the Lord" - James 1:5-7.
Wisdom has been defined many ways, including knowledge in action. It is taking existing information and applying it to unique or new situations in creative ways. Today's passage directs anyone who lacks wisdom to ask for it, but then not doubt after the petition is made. It is easy to doubt, however, because the wisdom sent is often counterintuitive, or the mind of the asker is often so conditioned that he or she cannot even receive the wisdom dispatched. Leaders need wisdom but because of their experience, they often dismiss new ways of doing things with a curt, "That won't work." Once leaders ask, they must be open that what comes to them is an answer to their prayer, and not dismiss it too quickly.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to choose one leadership situation in which you are involved that isn't going well. You are to spend 15 minutes today praying about that scenario, asking God to give you wisdom. Then pay close attention to your thoughts, being careful not to dismiss them too quickly as bizarre or impossible. Also be alert today to listen and watch for things that come your way to see if any of them are answers to your prayer.