Asking for wisdom is part of my prayer life every day. I ask God for wisdom to lead well and wisdom to share with others.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Wow, if we lack wisdom, we need to ask for it and it will be given! There is no more precious gift for a leader than the wisdom that can apply our knowledge and experience to real world issues.
Over the years I have spent more hours in meetings than I care to think about—definitely in the multiple thousands. In most meetings I was the leader who was responsible for making the final decision. In any dialog, the best logic and information is needed but that is not enough. The missing piece in being an effective leader is wisdom. In most meetings I am praying for God to give me wisdom as I sort through the discussion.
Wisdom is a gift from the Spirit, and it is not lavished on leaders to cover their incompetence or lack of diligence. This wisdom is the gracious contribution of God to those who truly lead in order to serve. It is an answer to a sincere prayer.
Let me start out by saying that ultimately all our wins or victories come from the Lord. However, I do not believe God wants us to wait on the sidelines; He expects us to join Him and do our part. If you want to “win” each day, try the three ideas that follow:
Win #1 – Time with God
It is important to come into His presence each day by listening, praying and reading Scripture. It is also helpful to journal what God is saying to you.
Win #2 – Time for Reading
If you want to read 50 books a year, even an hour a day will not accomplish it. As you read, write down thoughts and ideas that you can use in everyday life, ministry or work.
Win #3 – Time for Exercise
Typically this includes thirty minutes of strength training and thirty minutes of cardio vascular training.
*I know you are thinking you do not have time each morning to do this but remember; you have time to do what is really important to you!
Beginning your day spending time with God, reading, and exercising will give you three wins that will make each day a good day. You will feel more confident and ready to face whatever comes your way.
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