looking for the jackass

I read this morning about how Saul and his friend went looking for his father’s donkeys (jackasses if you prefer a more earthy vernacular).  Saul was looking for jackasses, but Samuel was watching for Israel’s next king, pre-selected by God.

Sometimes it’s easy to get earthbound with all of our responsibilities, concerns, challenges, etc.    When you consider the contrast between Saul & Samuel in 1 Samuel 9, it’s an interesting study in viewpoints, priorities and the different ways that God directs our steps.  Personally, I want to be more like Samuel than Saul.  I prefer to be led by God based on a deep & intimate relationship with God rather than like Saul who stumbled into God’s will on the earthbound search for his dad’s jackasses ,)

leadership thoughts

There’s no shortage of material about leadership, so my thoughts here will be brief and concise, but hopefully they will have relevance and be impactful:

  • sometimes the best way to grow as a person is by increasing our connections to leadership – by either becoming a leader or more closely supporting the leaders around us
  • when there’s a deficiency, it’s often a consequnce of a leadership shortcoming – all leaders need prayer
  • leaders make mistakes and mess up because they’re human: Jesus is the only perfect human;  leader does not equal perfect
  • the journey for learning & growing is often on the uncomfortable path of leadership
  • from my experience, I think that the best leaders are the ones who rely the most on God

If you’re a leader in any capacity – WAY TO GO!!! 🙂