Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
I’ll never forget the joy of hosting a Live Like Jesus event here with Ken Blanchard. I found myself sitting with John Beach and Patrick Lencioni, how cool is that? Henry Cloud and John Townsend were also here and had just introduced their book, Boundaries. I just soaked it in like a sponge and hung on every word they shared.
So for the next couple of years, I worked to apply what I learned from Cloud and Townsend and discovered with some help from a 360 survey that work had become my God and I was way out of bounds. It was a major bummer to find myself in the place of spiritual leader and yet be tied in knots by my calendar, which was heavily colored by my poor stewardship of using the word, “No”. I learned along the way that not saying no was compromising my yes’s which resulted in not my best work.
So Henry Cloud did me and millions of others a favor by writing Boundaries for Leaders. Get this tagline: Results, Relationships and Being Ridiculously in Charge. I began to understand the difference in what Jim Collins refers to as Level 5 leaders and the impact and influence they have for good in so many arenas. In Proverbs 3:6, the Hebrew translation is more like, “And God will cut a new road.” That is precisely what happened as I began to grow and mature in stewarding my no’s. It empowered me to say yes to the things that mattered most, to those things God has specifically called me, including family. Join me in praying today that we will be a magnificent model to all of how to steward our yes’s and our no’s to God’s glory and live out well God’s call together to be disciples of Jesus Christ making disciples of Jesus.