WHAT IS A MAN FOR?
Why does God create Adam? What is a man for? If you know what something is designed to do, then you know its purpose in life. A retriever loves the water; a lion loves the hunt; a hawk loves to soar. It’s what they’re made for.
Desire reveals design, and design reveals destiny. In the case of human beings, our design is also revealed by our desires.
Let’s take adventure. Adam and all his sons after him are given an incredible mission: rule and subdue, be fruitful and multiply. “Here is the entire earth, Adam. Explore it, cultivate it, care for it—it is your kingdom.” Whoa . . . talk about an invitation. This is permission to do a heck of a lot more than cross the street. It’s a charter to find the equator; it’s a commission to build Camelot. Only Eden is a garden at that point; everything else is wild, so far as we know. No river has been charted, no ocean crossed, no mountain climbed. No one’s discovered the molecule or fuel injection or created Beethoven’s Fifth. It’s a blank page, waiting to be written. A clean canvas, waiting to be painted.
Most men think they are simply here on earth to kill time—and it’s killing them.
But the truth is precisely the opposite. The secret longing of your heart, whether it’s to build a boat and sail it, to write a symphony and play it, to plant a field and care for it—those are the things you were made to do. That’s what you’re here for. Explore, build, conquer—you don’t have to tell a boy to do those things for the simple reason that it is his purpose. But it’s going to take risk, and danger, and there’s the catch. Are we willing to live with the level of risk God invites us to? Something inside us hesitates.
And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it.”
“Get away from these two types of people: the ones who think you can only go as far as the situation you were born into; and the ones who think you can only go as far as the current situation you are in.”
Dee Dee M. Scott
“With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Leaders Leading Leaders
WHEN PEOPLE ARE ESTEEMED, RELATIONSHIPS ARE REDEEMED
Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth. . . .
Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?
Open rebuke is better Than love carefully concealed. Like a bird that wanders from its nest Is a man who wanders from his place. . . .
Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, . . . As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. . . . A man is valued by what others say of him.
Leaders know that people are an organization’s most appreciable asset; therefore, people skills are a leader’s most important attribute.
1. Don’t brag.
2. Don’t envy.
3. Be forthright.
4. Don’t forsake your roots.
5. Stay close.
6. Add value.
7. Don’t be moved by flattery.