As a leader, I must resist using my team for personal gain, but rather position myself for their gain. Making room on the stage for their destinies to become a reality. It’s because the people on my team are called to influence spheres I will never have access too. As leaders, if we don’t think bigger than our personal destinies, nobody will last in our environments. Brilliance is birthed in an atmosphere where leaders become the biggest encouragers in the room, not just the biggest personalities, voices, and opinions.
When we seek His word above all others, His encouragement before all others, His truth instead of all others, then we will be pleasing to Him more than all others.
There are some men and some women in whose company we are always at our best. While with them we cannot think mean thoughts or speak ungenerous words. Their mere presence is elevation, purification, sanctity. All the best stops in our nature are drawn out by their conversation, and we find a music in our souls that was never there before.
Take heart, be encouraged, for Lord is going to reveal himself to you in these days ahead. This season of your life has brought you to this very place, to where you will begin to hunger again for the deep things of God.
If others do not encourage us, let us encourage ourselves in the Lord. How much he encouraged others! On the stormy lake, and in the upper room. He spoke words of cheer to the paralytic and to the stricken women he administered words of comfort.
There is nourishment from being encouraged and held up by others when we are weak. We are nourished from feedback from friends whom we trust and who will be honest with us.
When a sincere compliment comes to mind, don’t hesitate to give it.
When I think of those who have influenced my life the most, I think not of the great but of the good.
Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your kindness sealed until your friends are gone. Speak aprovingly, cheering words while their ears can hear them and be made happier by them.
Let no extreme difficulty discourage you, and make you think, Oh! it is impossible relief can now come; What? Are not all things possible to him that hath all things in his hand? Yea, “All things are possible to him that believeth;” and it is possible for you to do all things through Christ strengthening you, even to overleap the highest walls, to break bows of steel in pieces, and wade through the deepest fords in your way.