June is for Joy!!
Leaders and Followers experience a full range of emotions. You can’t always determine how you feel in a moment, but you can decide how you will respond to how you feel. Here are the dangers of three negative emotional responses.
Complaining makes you mentally lazy. It dulls your intellect because it states the obvious. Effective leaders, say what you want done and let their teams rise to the occasion. Jesus’ told His team he wanted them to feed over 4,000 people. They stated the obvious.
Matthew 15: And the disciples said to Him, Where are we to get bread sufficient to feed so great a crowd in this isolated and desert place?
Thankfully, with His help, the Lord’s team got it done. The next time you’re tempted to complain, DON’T. See how powerful you’ll feel and how creative you’ll become looking for ways to fix a problem, not just state what everyone already knows.
Excuses cloud your vision and cause you to miss opportunities. Making excuses creates comfort in the state we are in. Excuses anchor us to dysfunction and defend us from upgrades.
John 5:6 When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] 7 The invalid answered, Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while I am trying to come [into it] myself, somebody else steps down ahead of me.
This man never answered the Lord’s question. Instead he repeated his excuse for not being well. He couldn’t see that the Healer was standing in front of him.
Science has proven that fear lowers your intelligence.
Judges 7:3 So now proclaim in the ears of the men, saying, Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him turn back and depart from Mount Gilead. And 22,000 of the men returned, but 10,000 remained.
God didn’t want the fearful to go with Gideon because they lacked wisdom. The fear of the Lord –not man-is the beginning of wisdom.
The next time you’re tempted to respond in fear, with complaining or make an excuse, ask yourself, “Am I leading with what I feel or what I know?”
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