In the past change was a relatively slow process, like the gradual eroding of the shoreline. When a cycle of change was completed, things settled down to “normal.” The world is different now, as author and educator Jeanenne LaMarsh has observed: “Change is a constant; multiple changes happen simultaneously with no ‘normal’ in sight.”
Time and again Jesus reminded his disciples that his driving purpose was to seek and save lost people. On the day he called his first disciples he said, “I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). When he recruited Levi he said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” […]
It would be easy to think the best leaders are those who have a track record of uninterrupted success. Accepting that as a pressing truth, many leaders feverishly work to cover up failures and magnify their successes.
It surprised me when I discovered leaders consider their most difficult task the casting of a compelling vision. A vision is important because it has the power to attract and energize people who want to see it realized.
All of David’s mighty men were veterans in the war with disappointment and pain. The biblical text tells us they were in “distress,” “debt,” or “discontented” when they joined David (2 Samuel 22:2).