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The 7th “Leadership” Day of Christmas – The Gift of (Others) Focus

I’m not a swan expert, but if I watch them, I don’t see them worrying about other swans (unless a mother with her young).   Swans usually swim by themselves, on their own – focused on their surroundings and needs.  Given that observation, they aren’t a good model for our assignment today.

But hey, we are working on the 12 Days of Christmas theme here, and it is Day 7.  

Let’s get on with it – and when completed – your gift to yourself and your team.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • On balance, how often is my focus on the Lord first and then others versus myself?
  • How would being more focused on the Lord and others benefit my team, my ministry, and ultimately myself?
  • What could I do right now to put my focus on the Lord and others and show it through my actions?

Action Steps

  1. Read Matthew 20:20-33
  2. Memorize and then meditate on Matthew 22:37-39, “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

My Thoughts

Much could be written about how important this is and how hard it is at the same time.  Being able to place others ahead of ourselves is what servant leadership is all about. In the end, leadership isn’t about us – it is about others and the goals we are trying to achieve.

As you understand this and will live it, at least sometimes, you give a tremendous gift to your team, your business, your ministry, and yourself.

Answer the questions above and act on them.