What Great Work Demands

So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” – Nehemiah 6:3

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Leaders have to make a lot of decisions and often the most important decision a leader must make is between choices that are either good or best. This is further complicated by others’ definitions of these concepts and the leader soon realizes that what is “best” looks different for most people.

For the leader who is seeking to accomplish God’s mission, there is the added influence of our common enemy (the Accuser) to keep him from those activities that truly make a difference. It is here that “busy” often replaces “vital,” ministry is often replaced by program, and the selfish needs of an individual can hinder the effective service of a multitude. Good leaders know how disruptive distractions can be and deftly maneuver through them to remain on task. They understand themselves (weaknesses and strengths), they know their organization, they are bound to achieve God’s purposes, they are aware of the enemy’s tactics of diversion … and they humbly move through inevitable failures that God might always be glorified.

It will never be easy to lead, but great work demands great leadership. Be one.

You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one. – Tom Kite (professional golfer)

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