Fulfilling the Vision – Part 1
“The following blog post is an excerpt from a new book by Errol Lawson called “The 5 Core Abilities of Highly Effective Leaders”. Errol is a business coach, best selling author and youth pastor. The book is written primarily for the Christian community but readers from all beliefs can gain great insights from his writings.”
PRINCIPLE #1: “Clarity”
The first truth of adaptability is a somewhat ironic one: if you want to learn how to change, then you need to know what can’t change. You must have a solid grounding in your purpose and faith. That way, when you do need to make changes, you won’t be blown so far off course that you lose sight of your original call. You will always have an anchor to hold you steady. What will define you in the years to come, when situations have changed.
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints”.
I believe that there are three major areas that you must use to “anchor” yourself and your team:
- Biblical principles: “The only thing that doesn’t change is the word of God,” Mike said. God’s promises and character will never change, no matter what else may happen.
- Your ultimate goals: Cling to the original vision that God gave you. Though its appearance or impact may change through the years, it will come about in some form. God brings His plans to the world, without fail.
- Your organisational values: “I believe God is systematic and strategic,” Mike said. “Being led by the Spirit doesn’t mean that we’re not strategic.” Principles like honesty, integrity, and compassion will never go out of style. No matter what your business or ministry faces in the future, Godly values will make you stronger.
“Discovering vision and then formulating a strategy that sees that vision through is essential,” Mike said. “Vision is born in a furnace. We need to engage with God. We have to discover God’s heart. We need to clearly define who we are, so people know what they’re joining up to and understand where we’re going. People rise to vision. If they can sense \that vision and anointing, they buy into it.” Only once you and your team are firm and united about the three areas above can you begin to lead others. If you don’t believe whole-heartedly in the value and importance of your mission, then you can’t expect others to come on board.
“To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”
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