Don`t work yourself into the spotlight;don`t push your way into the place of prominence.It`s better to be promoted to a place of honor than face humiliation by being demoted. ~Proverbs 25:6€“7 (The Message)
In his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul tells us that aspiring to a position of leadership is a good thing (3:1). However, there`s a difference between stepping forward to accept the responsibility of leadership and stepping forward to put yourself into the spotlight for the benefit of self€“promotion.
The road to biblical leadership comes through service. Leaders may find themselves in the spotlight, but they also take the heat that often comes with that place of prominence. They speak up for the sake of the mission, but they are also willing to remain silent when it serves the organization. And at any moment, they must be willing to make all kinds of sacrifices for the sake of their people.
When you have the opportunity to lead, serve well. You cannot force yourself into a position God does not want you to have, nor will you miss the opportunity to serve where God desires you to be.
Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. Acts 9:15
Many people discover their dream in a flash of insight after working in an area for years. Some receive it in a time of prayer. Others are motivated by an event from their past. If you haven’t already discovered your dream, read the following five steps that will help you clear away the clutter and discover your dream:
1. Believe in your ability to succeed. You must believe that you can succeed if you are to succeed.
2. Get rid of your pride. People full of themselves usually don’t have much room left over for a life-changing dream.
3. Cultivate constructive discontent. Discontent is the driving force that makes people search for their dreams. Complacency never brings success.
4. Escape from habit. Don’t accept what is without considering what could be.
5. Balance creativity with character. When it comes to their dreams, truly successful people have enough creativity to think it out, and enough character to try it out.