The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

The Rearview Mirror

Bible Character:  Paul

The Apostle Paul traveled on many journeys in his lifetime.  His church planting took him to Asia, Europe, and of course the Middle East.

While on family vacation recently some of my favorite sights were viewed through our rearview mirror.   Often after driving through a stretch of valley road, I would glance back in my rearview mirror to observe what we had just traveled through.  The beauty of the landscape struck me differently from that perspective.

We need to do this along our journey.  We’re programmed to be always looking forward, trying to see the future and what it is coming up next.

Encouragement from Accomplishments

Nothing feeds success like success.   A priority of organizations should be to pause and celebrate accomplishments. 

Athletes often refer to this.  After a big win they desire to spend the rest of the night enjoying the victory before they think about the next “big” game.  They need that mental break and celebration to gain energy for the next one.


Sure, physical awards can be great…i.e. employee of the year, perfect attendance, salesperson of the year.  But just as important is publically and privately acknowledging and encouraging individuals for their success.  A handwritten note can mean as much as a formal written certificate.

When Paul successfully planted a new Church or heard of new believers it had to be a wonderful feeling for him.

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you. Ephesians 1:18 NIV

A leader’s instinct is to look forward and identify ways we can improve, and this is a healthy trait. Nevertheless, don’t pass over the importance of celebrating the journey’s accomplishments.



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