The Mind Predestined For Leadership
Great minds are developed
Let’s begin this hub by imagining ourselves as an infant looking into our mother’s eyes and observing her smile filled with joy while she holds us gently in her arms; as though she is holding a priceless treasure for the first time.
Can you imagine the thoughts going through her mind as she wonders what kind of person her child would grow up to become?
As we grow older and interact with others, we step into an innate position of observing and doing what others around us are doing.
In the process of learning to become individuals, we begin seeking role models to imitate and as we mature, we soon replace them with new ones.
Upon completion of graduating from high school, we may tend to further our education with some technical training or choose to pursue a college degree.
As we begin to mature, a desire may develope within to start planning for a family.
Some people may develop a desire to explore and learn more about the world that surrounds them?
Albert Einstein was one such person?
He was a professor who compelled others to think as he Introduced them to the unexplained vastness of life itself.
He had a unique mind for mathematics such as geometry and algebra.
It is said that he was a troubled student because of his speech impairment when, in actuality, he was a dreamer and explorer. It’s also been said that he would solve a problem while sleeping on it.
He would notice things that others would over look and wonder about.
Like many other important men in history who made an impact on our culture, Einstein desired a secure world with good morals and harmony.
He was fascinated with light and what it would be like to travel upon one of its beams and explore an unknown universe.
Albert Einstein was a great scientist and had the world as his student. We find other men like Socrates who was a great thinker who taught the well-known Plato.
Plato was a great thinker with the mind of a genius. He too wanted a safe world with good morals with peace and harmony. It is said that Plato taught Aristotle who then tutored Alexander the Great?
Even today, world leaders and executives of large corporations use his teachings on being open to new ideas and are prepared to upgrade with a changing world while keeping their productive platform as the role for their success.
Thomas Jefferson the third President of the United States can credit his quest for knowledge to his studies of Plato and other known great minds.
We see some of Plato’s teachings unveiled as we read Jefferson’s famous words in the Declaration of Independence which state “We hold all truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Plato was a great thinker who believed and pursued his love of Wisdom and Knowledge. Plato believed in the people’s rights to be free and able to think for themselves.
Plato was against tyranny and desired good moral character and justice be exemplified in those standing in leadership.
Plato believed in providing a good education and stability for the populace at large thus building a society with strong moral values and stability.
The Apostle Paul found himself in this kind of setting when invited to speak at Athens as recorded in Acts 17:16.
Paul found himself in a city full of idols.
The philosophers of that day lived to hear and learn of new ideas and ways of thinking.
Paul preached an unusual sermon that greatly contrasted and challenged their belief in new age thinking.
Like Plato and some of the thinkers mentioned above, these men believed their goal in life was to escape the limitations of physical life.
The city of Athens was a well-known learning center of that day that produced great minds who were free thinkers.
Paul’s companions had left him to be alone with these philosophers as he was there to await the arrival of Timothy and Silas.
Paul’s message was clear as he preached to these great thinkers about the way to the unknown God.
He was rejected by the majority as he spoke of the resurrection but he met no physical resistance and was not forced to leave the city.
The leaders in Athens had no regard or care for whom or what one worshiped and believed everyone is entitled to do their own thing.
Does this saying seem familiar as we look at the moral decay of our society today that has lost its vision where anything goes?
I am talking about a lazed society with leaders in government who wink at sexual sins and allow the production of such songs as “If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right”.
If you are disturbed about the moral decay of our society and its leaders, then you are thinking like some of the great genius minds the Apostle Paul encountered in Athens.
Athens was the great learning center of that day that produced such minds as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
These men desired a free moral and stable society but they wanted one without a God or creator especially one they would meet after this life that would require them to give an account of the life they had lived?
They relied on their achievements and human wisdom which states that man and his achievements are his salvation.
In other words, man is his own Savior.
I will not name names, but there has been well known TV celebrities who’ve made these exact statements.
We know that the bible states that the wisdom of man is foolishness with God.
The world is looking for answers.
Tragically and ironically, as the world is looking for answers, most of God’s people are asleep in their pews, asleep in religious traditions and lethargy.
Paul preached his heart out at Athens, but there is no record that can be found that a change in the people ever took place?
Why is wisdom and knowledge required in a good leader
Someone that is a true leader would know the difference in knowledge and wisdom.
What good is knowing all the important functions of my 18 wheeler but lack the wisdom to operate it in a safe manner?
This kind of wisdom comes from years of experience both on the road and being taught by older elite drivers in the field.
The same holds true for operating heavy equipment, flying an airplane and even driving your automobile.
I do believe if we searched some of the laws that have been passed that we will discover the lawmakers reviewed the history of say areas that were prone to accidents and passed laws governing these areas in an effort to cut down on accidents and promote safety.
Knowledge is knowing how something works but what good is knowledge without sound wisdom which we gain from experience in knowing how and when to safely work with it?
Wisdom is knowing how to operate my truck in a safe and cautious way such as how to negotiate a sharp curve or operating in adverse conditions such as snow and ice?
Wisdom will greatly increase our capabilities to solve problems and come up with solutions that others are not able to attain?
Who are we raising up to take our place
Dear reader, we have explored great minds such as Plato and others that have left their mark upon their generation and also their contributions to society have benefited us today.
We have also looked and explored the difference in knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
We covered spiritual wisdom and how it is beneficial for true leaders to glean from its teaching and resources.
I now wish to look at worldview of secular wisdom and note the difference between men and women operating in a self-centered aspect and those operating in a rich God centered life?
Many leaders today in the secular world have isolated themselves and have not trained anyone to take their place and this is also true in the church?
Every major occupation that is successful has a program in place for their interns to learn and practice.
There are two ways a leader can lead and both will get the work done however one will make the company more productive.
1. A leader can lead from the Authority that the position grants them.
2. A leader can be firm however they can also show a willingness to jump in and help when there is a work overload.
3. A leader can boost company morale by rewarding an employee when they show signs of improvement which will create a level of trust and respect among the other employees.
Don't make the mistake many have by letting a person go because of not meeting the required production only to later discover they were the missing link that held the others together.
A true leader will not make hasty decisions by acting on impulse but will give a developing situation some time as they think about what will be the consequences of their choices including how many people will be affected by that choice?
To be an effective leader both in the church and the secular world, we must come to realize and accept the fact that God had a plan for us as leaders before we were born and all of our life experiences have been a training ground to fulfill this plan and make us leaders that we might pour out of our life into the life of others.
We must come to the realization that who we are in the body of Christ, is more important than what we can do and accomplish on our own?
A true leader will be one that has been through the trials of life and have learned from their mistakes and have made themselves to be held accountable to their elders.
They have developed a set time to be alone with God and pray for the people God has placed under their leadership and ministry.
They have studied history enough to know that mankind left unchecked will gradually decline in their morals and conduct therefore exposing the fact that life demands accountability.
We must realize that our leadership and ministry calling is developed inside us and our ministry cannot be separated from who we are?
A true leader will be more sensitive to the things of God that they may be more sensitive to the needs of others.
1. True leaders are those that are given to prayer until the prayer becomes who they are.
2. A true leader will have a desire to see their younger ministers develop in a mature way that they will be able to stand firm and strong in any given situation that may arise.
3. A true leader will be willing to lay aside their agenda and pour into these young ministers what God through experience and training has matured in them that have caused them to be pillars in the body of Christ.
4. A true leader will not be one of harboring jealousy because a younger minister appears to be receiving more recognition than them because they know there will be a time when they must step back and give the position to someone else and preferably someone that has been well trained under their leadership.
I will not appoint someone into a leadership position that does not have a teachable spirit for nobody knows it all and I am still learning.
Do you know any true leaders today who have made an impact upon your life?
What are the attributes found in a good leader
Dear reader, let's look in the book of Daniel the fifth chapter and glean some attributes of a true leader?
Daniel had the Spirit of the Living God which made him stand out like a spring rose in a heathen world and I have listed ten outstanding characteristics for us to study concerning the life and influence this man had on the culture and the world around him.
1. He had the understanding and wisdom of an enlightened mind
2. He had a teachable and humble but bold Spirit.
3. He had knowledge of the Holy Scriptures.
4. He had a compassion for people.
5. He was able to understand and interpret dreams and know if they were from God.
6. He was a hope and faith builder.
7. He was able to encourage those who might give in to doubt.
8. He was a thermometer instead of a thermostat because he was able to change his surroundings
9. He could not be bribed or persuaded to receive gifts for his calling.
10. He was a man that purposed in his heart to not be contaminated or defiled by the world
I close this hub with the thought that many men and women that have been used of God to change the course of history were quick to realize that they received their wisdom by seeking to have the mind of Christ or a mind like Christ?
These men and women understood that there was a master designer of all creation and they desired not only to know him but have a personal relationship with him and some made it into Gods book what I call the hall of fame.
These men and women paved the way for you and I to study their life and glean from their trials as we discover how they were able to be an over-comer?
Many of our leaders in past governments studied the lives of secular men such as Plato including great men and women of the bible. Their teachings and ideas were studied and used to make decisions that had a lasting impact on future generations..
The bottom line is this, “In-order to be a successful leader, one must seek to have endured the trials and learned from them.
They think before they make decisions and instead of acting on impulse they respond to a situation that will bring the result that will bring the expected solution to it.
Many men and women that have proven to be great leaders have chosen to be an influence to the world around them and not allow the world to influence them.
Some have suffered great loss in their earthly life and ministry but have provided much wisdom to be gleaned as they leave behind a legacy that will speak volumes for all mankind”.
© 2018 Jerry W Hulse