How You Represent Matters

The destiny of a group, generation most times rest on the representative of that group or generation.

1 Samuel 17. If the representative fails, that generation is most likely going to fail. If the representative succeeds, that generation/group will succeed. Even in family, businesses, government, sports, class rooms, the person at the helm of affairs will determine whether that team succeed or fails.

Goliath was the Philistines representative, whereas David was the Israelites representative in their battle. My mentor/spiritual father once said life is a battle of powers.

Few key points to know & act on:

  1. Be careful what you do as a representative in your group
  2. Be careful about deals and promises you make.
  3. Be careful about what you say to other parties as you represent your party.
  4. Be careful of what you ask for.
  5. Never boast of yourself when representing your group, but of Him God who sent you there to represent His people.

When you represent him well and boast of him, you will not only be promoted and known but your lineage will also be remembered. (1 Sam 17:55-58).

Seek to promote Christ first and always and you will be known.

Have you ever thought of it that there is a generation/group you are representing? If not, then think about it now and thread careful the path you are on. SELAH 🤔


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Many thanks for stopping by, until next time….

Peace!

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Leadership Development

The art of personal development is one of the process that marks the commencement of leadership quality in an individual.

Which leader would you say has impacted you the most? It is certain, there must be some things about that leader that attracted you and won you over.

Do you know that you also have the potential of becoming a leader?

But before we go further,who is a leader?

Different people have different definition and views of who a leader is. But this is who i think a leader should be:

A leader should be someone who has the ability to influence people positively. Start influencing people around you positively.

A leader is someone who is passionate about bringing out the best out of people.

A leader is someone who is compassionate. Are you compassionate about the people around you?

A leader is someone who genuinely does the right things for the right reasons. Do you always do the right thing genuinely or with ulterior motives?

A leader should be principled and people cantered.

As a leader, the situation you live in does not have to live in you.

A leader is someone who always leave a place and people better than the way he or she met them.

Leadership development is first about yourself as a leader then developing those that are following you to also become leaders by laying a good example for them to follow.

According to John Maxwell in his book “Developing the leader within You” states that leadership is the ability to obtain followers

If leadership is the ability to obtain followers then the next thing that comes to mind is how so i lead these people that are following me?

Your character will to a large extent determine how well you lead your followers

Character development precedes leadership development and a good character makes a great leader while a bad character makes a bad leader.

What is Character?

According to Myles Monroe; character is what you know about yourself, who you are when no one is watching

Another word for character is integrity and integrity is being sincere and honest with God, with others and yourself.

As a leader if your character is questionable in private it can stand against you in public

It is important to note that freedom is a thing of the mind, a function of your cogitation. If you are bound in your mind you can not be free on your outward disposition.

Truth about leadership

One truth about leadership is that, it is only people who are free that can truly lead and it is the truth that sets free.

Some leaders are born and some leaders are made. But everyone is a leader in one way or the other.

Knowledge is power, an essential tool in leadership. My people perish for the lack of knowledge.

As you develop yourself as a leader, be mindful of the fact that you are loaded with great potentials for problem solving. You are loaded with potentials for meeting needs. You are embedded with potentials for making positive changes in your family and society at large.

Identity what needs to he done around you and do it if you can. Leadership development is about taking the first step. Even if nobody follows you at first, when they see that you are consistent they will.

Let me know who has impacted you positively as a leader and how you are also impacting the people around you in your own little way.


Many thanks for coming around, until next time..

Peace,

Danny

Let’s be leaders (Be inspired today 182 by Ngobesing Suh Romanus)

When one day ends,
Another day begins;
Each day comes
Carrying on its head,
Its own load of realities
Weighing it down;
A mix of blessings
And challenges;
Though more challenges
We, in our numbers
And negativity tend to see.
Each day comes
Challenging us to leave
Our comfort zone
And dare to venture
Into new territory;
To explore,
To test,
To discover;
To conquer;
To either lead or follow;
Who will take the challenge?
As for me,
I will;
I will venture;
I will risk;
I will think outside the box.
I will leave my comfort zone
And lead the way;
I wasn’t born to follow;
I was born to lead;
I know the way;
I will move;
I know where to go;
And how to get there.
And what I don’t know,
I will learn;
Follow me!
As I take the challenge;
As I leave my comfort zone;
As I think outside the box;
And lead the way.
What of you?
If you want to lead with me,
Let’s go!
Jump on the train;
Others will follow us.
Let’s not be folliwers;
Let’s be leaders!

Religious Persecution

Religious persecution is a never-ending battle. Innocent Christians are crucified every day in the name of God for believing in a higher way of life. On our home turf, distance protects us; yet examples around the world appear in our own living room. If only everyone would come to terms with God’s peace! My heart remains in remorse over the wrong direction we are heading today. But, amongst these times of terror, the steadfast still walk with Jesus to praise and spread the Lord’s words of hope. Blessed be the faithful!

Some may not be aware my wife did missionary work in Guinea, West Africa for the International Mission Board. Her humanitarian efforts served the Susu tribes where they dug wells for fresh water. She also held a Vacation Bible School for pre-school children in the capital city of Conakry. Her living arrangement was in a compound enclosed with a fifteen-foot cement wall and broken bottles placed on top for safety. Two security guards stood guard twenty-four hours a day. Amidst the 110 degree weather, lack of fresh running water, recurring power outages, illness from vaccine shots, and contaminated foods, she and her group forged onward; it was necessary for the Islamists to know God loves everyone.

Missionary meeting a woman with AIDS in Susu tribes
My wife and aides meeting town people of Conakry
Teaching Susu tribes how to use their new wells

But, months of pre-planning and training was mandatory before she could enter Africa. The World Mission Boards warns missionaries to be careful who you speak to, not to look militants in the eye, and to dress in public as one of the crowd. They could not take for granted the deep commitment the Soussou had to their own religion. Not everyone finds peace in the spirit of Christian voodoo where God is the last word. Amid the incomprehension of entering a Third World country, she boarded an airplane with a round-trip ticket and the church’s prayer for her safe return. God bless our missionaries!

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:12)

By God’s mercy, my wife was one of the lucky few to serve and leave Africa without incident. The internet is filled with stories of those murdered in the hands of the Peace Corps and other religious affiliations. It is obvious Christians still walk, today, in the suffering Christ paid for our sins. China and Pakistan, for example, recently suffered mass genocides and burnings of their churches. Bangladesh murders secular activists and Christians, more or less with impunity. Statistics reveal North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Iraq, and Syria persecute Christians more than any other faith group. Making matters worse, governments in the West and the UN do not offer emergency help to victims.

With the influx of Middle Eastern immigrants and other foreigners into the United States, the religious tide is shifting dramatically here too. Bibles, crosses, and our churches are burned; they ban even Christmas trees and greeting cards in some areas. I wonder what Jesus would think if He walked our world today?

In biblical days, Jesus also suffered much religious persecution. He toured a radius of forty miles around Nazareth preaching His Father’s word and often hid in different lands for His protection. Unlike my wife, who stayed behind a cement wall, His temporary home was in a cave or the middle of a desert. But as in today’s times, very few people believed He was the Messiah, only those who witnessed His miracles. What words or actions does one need to see to prove God really exists? It’s not about color or creed, but receiving the grand prize – eternal life in heaven!

To the families who lost loved ones in the oppression of trusting in God’s greatness, have faith knowing persecution and true Christianity are inseparable. Jesus died on the cross for our sins – even for those who denounced His existence. Missionaries and all other Christians must realize God warns His righteous saints they will be persecuted for believing in Him.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)

Have solace for your loved ones, and others who served the Lord, and believe in His name because they will be forever in His presence. If I had to lose my life for someone, let it be for Jesus! It would not be in vain for mercy reigns over ignorance! For two thousand years, believers have fought the war of standing up for God. Many procrastinate changing their life’s sins for the anticipation of the return of Christ Jesus. With the love the Lord placed in my heart, I bleed for those who choose not to concede before they die. Fathers, mothers, sisters and sons, Christ sent you a personal invitation to live in heaven with Him. What are you waiting for? It’s in you! Open your eyes and listen to your soul. Let the books of the Gospel lead your spirit for they are not fiction but the genealogy of your life.

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Ego Avenue

The giant oaks turned golden in the fall, shading the avenue of homes trimmed of gold. The walkways of washed aggregate and stained concrete floors in the garage smell of money. An oriental rug lies squarely beneath the oil plug of the minister’s Rolls and Bentleys. It’s a lovely life – a weekend cabin in the foothills of the Castiles, a yacht swaying at the dock of their favorite country club. Their lifestyles are of the rich and famous. Do I need to tag them with names for you or the descriptions of these church leaders who appear on TV and radio, bearing witness?

Have you ever tried to contact these evangelists personally even if you are a member of their congregation? Several of these ministers started following my blog last year. I tried to respond to some of their emails, but a computer-generated nonresponse system returned it. One such minister put an email address at the bottom of his correspondence with an enticing note to always feel free to connect with him. Are you kidding me? This is a man who is a public servant of God, and he lies about his contact information on his website and newsletters! It makes me wonder…

I used to collect mail from a rather sizeable religious outfit who films daily television and documentary shows. I’d call it a church, but it was all about money. I never met the soft-spoken old man who read from the pulpit, though he wasn’t there when I entered the building. He hides behind the silver screen while anointing his son to be the Senior Pastor.

Another younger notoriety wears his sacred cross, but is more concerned of the welfare of his structures, which he owns, than of those whose dollars helped to build it. An example of his personal greediness was during a hurricane which hit his area two years ago. Homeless people, seeking comfort from the storm, stood outside in nature’s wrath because he wouldn’t open his church doors. Perhaps he was afraid of damages incurred – a chunk out of his own pocket which might affect the mortgage payment on his $10.5 million home.

I could continue with my tirade, but Christians are smart enough to observe who indeed professes to do the Lord’s work. There was only one minister I knew who was genuine and a spiritual adviser to many Presidents. His money filtered through to the crusades he conducted in 185 countries on six continents. He passed away last year and now works for Christ in a different capacity.

I see the actions of these Bible scholars, who can’t live what they preach in front of millions. Most believers are aware clergy are the amongst the lowest-paid occupations. So, how are they living in mega mansions and in the lap of luxury? Do they ever use their personal income from TV appearances and other sources to give back to their communities? Or is preaching the Word of God just a business designed to make them a millionaire?

As I look down Ego Avenue and observe its evilness, I thank God for my health and my wife who keeps me in check. A simple Christian writer and life, I am blessed by the Holy Spirit, and I have peace in my soul. A few friends asked me if I was afraid of giving out my cell phone number which is written on my business cards. My honest reply was why? I’m no better than the mentoring I try to give to others. I meet many wonderful people from around the world – some famous, but most are common folk. I treat everyone the same. Spiritual leaders should be receptive and have personal contact with believers, especially with individuals they follow on social media.

To those who live on Ego Avenue and read my blogs, are you better than our Lord? After all, Jesus was a dirt poor man, and he was always reachable in desperate times. He laid the foundation for your obligations as a clergy member – to provide spiritual, moral guidance, and assistance to believers. If I’m wrong, then please correct me.

My examples of hypocrites and false witnesses, in the name of our Lord, only touch the surface of the United States. I’m sure dozens more exists in countries worldwide. Some may say security issues are dilemmas facing the famous religious leaders, but I highly doubt this. Too many other upstanding clergy submerge themselves in others’ lives unharmed. I think the root of the problem is simple – the love of money. Perhaps it should be explained as “delivering God’s word in order to become a millionaire.” Call it greed or narcissism; either way, God will place a harsher judgment on them. As someone once said, “Knowledge is a dangerous thing!”

Are there any “amens” to my point of view?

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It’s so difficult but worth while

To get people to believe in you
Is so difficult
Though possible;
And worthwhile;
To get people to follow you
Is so difficult
Though possible;
And worthwhile;
To be a good leader
Is so difficult
Though possible;
And worthwhile;
And since it is worthwhile,
It is important to put in
The necessary effort;
To make people believe in you;
And follow you;
And to become a good leader.

Shoddy decisions

The boys were doing fine until the new leadership came in with sloppy language that made their orders unclear and imprecise. This left the team confused. Soon, they began to take shoddy decisions that skewed the entire plan. You have to be careful about the decisions that you take. Shoddy decisions can ruin a very good project.

Skewed