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The 5th “Leadership” Day of Christmas – The Gift of Meaning and Alignment

The 12 Days of Christmas song says that on the 5th day, the gift is five golden rings.  Few things in our culture today have a more significant symbolic meaning than the golden ring as a symbol of marriage.  A successful marriage requires effort to align the goals of both people.  But when that is done well, the meaning and value of that relationship can be amazing.

The two key themes for today can be found in the last two sentences – alignment and meaning.  And these two keys apply to more than a marriage.

Here’s today’s assignment for you. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does your team know the larger goals of the ministry or business?
  • Do the larger goals line up with the Lord’s goals?
  • Are the goals biblical, and align with godly motives and purposes?
  • Do they see how their team and individual goals align with the Lord and this bigger picture?
  • If not, what can you do as a leader to rectify the misunderstanding and misalignment?

The alignment of goals is essential to the work of a ministry and a godly business.  It reduces doing the job over again, creates greater efficiency and productivity, and much more.  But the more significant value of clear alignment isn’t what it does for the ministry or business but what it does for the individuals in it.

When people see that their work matters and makes a difference, it creates a meaning more profound than the work itself.   This meaning translates to greater job satisfaction, higher retention, lower stress, better health, and many other things.

Answer today’s questions and take the necessary action, and you will be giving your team one of the best gifts you could give them – the gift of meaning.

Written by Stan Ponz
Dr. Stan Ponz is founder and president of Make It Clear Ministries (a national ministry that began in 1973 to help people take the Gospel and the Word of God into every person's world!). Stan also serves as President of Clarity Christian College. and is married to his high school sweetheart Carol, who led him to the Lord in 1966.