The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.
Effective leaders practice the Law of Navigation, which says that anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. The verses in Proverbs 16 remind leaders to:
- Check the source of their wisdom
- Check their motives
- Check the outcome they are pursuing
Consider five key words to understanding how God helps leaders to navigate their way through life:
Process – God’s plan usually unfolds over time. What is He revealing progressively?
Purpose – God wants to accomplish His purposes. Why were you created?
Potential – God will use your gifts and passion. Does this goal fit who you are?
Prioritize – God will ask you to adjust your time and energy. What steps must you take?
Proceed – God will eventually require you to act. When should you start?