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Act Your Age…Not Your Shoe Size

Bible Reference: Hebrews

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food!  Hebrews 6:12 NIV

In this passage the author is referencing their discouragement within the Christian church receiving this letter.  He believes they took early steps towards spiritual development, but have since taken steps backwards.

In a similar sense, one must demonstrate continued growth towards their personal development as a leader in order to be an effective influencer of others.

Personal Responsibility

This is an area where any of us can fall short.  It appears there is an ever growing tendency to not take personal responsibility for our actions.  If a leader does not practice accountability, the whole organization will suffer.  Others will soon follow and no one will be answerable.

Emotional control

A competent leader is able to control their emotions.  Worthy leaders take the next step and are able to understand others emotions too.  Leading others’ can be very complicated, but if you don’t meet people at their own level and further develop their capabilities, it will continue to stay complicated.  Leaders start with understanding others and move them into areas of growth.


Once personal responsibility and emotional control are common place in an organization, collaboration can become a valued practice.  Maturity gives us the capability to work together while allowing for free exchange without the worry of being judged.  The organization becomes a group of departments that enjoy working with each other and strive to see each other succeed.

The spiritual maturity of the Hebrews was important, and so is leadership maturity.


The Fleece Test

Bible Character: Gideon

“Allow me one more test with the fleece.  This time make the fleece dry and the ground covered with dew.” That night God did so.  Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.  Judges 6: 39-40

God had called Gideon to defeat the Midianites, thereby saving the Israelites.  In the above verse, Gideon seemed to “test” God, to make sure this was really the proper conclusion.

When it comes to major decisions…why is it sometimes okay for leadership to move gradually?

Full Consideration

When making major decisions for an organization, there are lots elements to consider.  Often decisions affect many people, in ways we don’t always realize.    Knowing the consequences up front can be beneficial in processing towards the conclusion.  If we rush, and have not fully considered all the ramifications, it’s much more difficult to manage.  Collaborating beforehand with the proper people can help immensely.


We operate so much better when we are convinced of our conclusions.  Gideon was able to get a confirmation from God, and could proceed confidently.

Not All Decisions Should Be Slow

Even though sometimes by just waiting to make a decision, the problem can take care of itself…that approach can also be harmful at times.  Many situations require timely decisions by leaders who are confident enough to execute quickly.

If we’re realistic, we know that not all the decisions we make will be good ones, even if we take our time.  I’m not sure if testing God is a positive thing to do when making a decision, Gideon was able to get away with it, and it’s most likely better than defying God.

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