Leadership that Goes the Distance
It has been wisely stated, “It’s not necessarily how you start the race, it’s how you finish the race that makes the difference.” Indeed, Paul the Apostle stated: “… my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20:24 NIV).
Leaders that want to finish well and go the distance in life and ministry must address the following three issues:
1. View learning as a lifelong process.
Learning is something you should constantly be doing throughout your life. No matter how old you are or how long ago you graduated from formal schooling, see yourself as a student and devote yourself to learning as much as you can.
Seek to build biblical literacy (understanding God’s Word well), historical literacy (an understanding historical events that show God at work in ages past), and theological literacy (understanding biblical answers to life’s great questions, and why they matter to you today).
2. Learn how to think well.
Carve out private time for prayer and Scripture reading so you can learn how to think wisely. As you ponder your thoughts, ask the Holy Spirit to renew your mind and help you separate fact from fiction and what is true from what is merely clever.
Take time to consider our culture’s messages, and how they’re aiming to make you feel. Engage those messages by asking yourself tough questions about them and how you should respond. Strive to integrate your worldview into every aspect of your life so you think about every subject in light of God’s word.
3. Develop the spiritual disciplines.
To cultivate your mind well, you must do it intentionally. Refuse to allow life’s urgent activities crowd out what’s most important in your life! Every day, enjoy some quiet time reading the Bible, praying, and perhaps journaling as well. Use exercise time (walking, running, cycling, etc.) to pray and meditate on the goodness of God!
The choice to embrace these principles will become the building blocks for what God can do in us and through us. They determine who we are and where we will go – they shape both our identity and our destiny. The path to the promised land is almost always reached through the Red Sea of difficulty and the wilderness of discipline.
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