And Moses said: “By this you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own will. If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the Lord has not sent me. But if the Lord creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the Lord.” ~ Numbers 16:28-30
The Scripture makes clear that God places people in authority, and it is dangerous to oppose God’s anointed. Korah had rebelled against both Moses and the Lord, thusillustrating the tragic flaw of many leaders-a desire for power and authority beyond what God has ordained.
Godly leaders must be willing to submit themselves to those in leadership above them. Many who hold leadership positions based on their strength and personality find this difficult to accept, yet willing subordination may qualify a person for greater leadership responsibilities later.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;My flesh also will rest in hope. ~ Psalm 16:9
Writer Mark Twain said: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” How do most people feel when they’re around you? Do they feel small and insignificant, or do they believe in themselves and have great hope about what they can become?
The key to how you treat people lies in how you think about them. It’s a matter of attitude. What you believe is revealed by how you act. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said: “Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.”
Hope is perhaps the greatest gift you can give another person as the result of nurturing, because even if people fail to see their own significance, they still have a reason to keep trying and striving to reach their potential in the future.