Articles | Habits

  • People of Encouragement

    Devotionals | September 16, 2015

    Barnabas, the son of encouragement, was a servant leader who used his gifts to build others up according to their needs. When Paul needed an advocate shortly after his conversion, Barnabas interceded with the leaders in Jerusalem. When Paul and John Mark had a falling out, Barnabas believed in John Mark’s potential and took on the role of coaching him. Because of Barnabas’s influence in Paul’s life, Christianity gained an influential leader who expanded the reach of Jesus’ message, and his influence in John Mark’s life restored him to productive ministry.

  • Life-affirming Relationships

    Devotionals | September 07, 2015

    Each season of the year brings opportunities to connect with family members and friends. Vacations, holidays, or simply day-to-day activities and weekends allow us to enjoy time with those close to us. Strong, healthy relationships allow trust to flourish, and trusting relationships create a climate that allows influence to grow. Like Jesus did with His friends and disciples, take advantage of opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Relax together. Value one another. Talk, laugh, listen, encourage, and build one another up.

  • Real People, Real Problems

    Devotionals | August 31, 2015

    Jesus came into the real world, a world filled with real people who have real problems. Some days we are the ones calling others to live up to the high calling we have in Jesus, and some days we are the ones who need to hear and respond to Jesus’s call. Even as we extend grace and encouragement to others, we need it for ourselves. Don’t neglect the habit of allowing God to encourage and strengthen you through Scripture and heartfelt prayer. As we receive God’s hope and encouragement, we will be able to pass it on to others.

  • Grace-based Leadership

    Devotionals | August 19, 2015

    The Golden Rule calls us to do to treat others the way we want them to treat us. In essence, it calls us to living a life centered on understanding, forgiving, encouraging, and supporting others. Each of these characteristics describes the way God relates to us and the way Jesus related to His disciples. Jesus says this same grace-based, action-oriented leadership is to characterize us as His disciples. We are to lead from grace, relating to others with the same grace that God has shown us. 

  • Two Kinds of Habits

    Devotionals | August 17, 2015

    Lead Like Jesus emphasizes two kinds of habits - habits of being and habits of doing. Each is important. Practicing the being habits supports ongoing personal transformation, keeping our hearts humble before God and open to His Spirit’s leading. These spiritual disciplines shape our leadership motivation, point-of-view, and the way we deal with others. As a result, the Spirit increasingly shapes our reactions and responses so that we find ourselves more naturally reflecting Jesus’ leadership style.

  • Whatever

    Devotionals | August 05, 2015

    ‘Whatever’ is one of those words we hear and say in general ways. Often, it is used in a derogatory sense to criticize another person or to dismiss what people say. Paul uses it very differently from modern culture. He uses ‘whatever’ in the sense of everything. Everything in our lives, He says, is to reflect the reality of the transforming power and presence of our Lord Jesus. Jesus, the first disciples, and the writers of the New Testament would agree with him. Jesus comes to redeem every aspect of our lives. Whatever you do today, remember that you represent Jesus to the world.

  • Words of Value

    Devotionals | August 03, 2015

    What if we valued people around us for who they are? What if we accorded people with the same dignity and respect God has showered on us? What if we saw in them the image of God? As we talk with people or tell others about them, what if we affirmed the impact their contributions (real or potential) make? How would making these 'what ifs' a reality transform their lives, your relationships, and the world around you? Who can you love, serve, and affirm today? How can you use your words to make a positive difference in someone else’s life today?

  • Devoted to Prayer

    Devotionals | July 31, 2015

    Prayer is not only a habit that sustains us as we lead like Jesus; prayer is one of the most important ways that we can influence others. When we pray for those we lead, we are speaking to the One who has the ability to meet them at their point of need. By praying for them, we are inviting God’s influence, His wisdom, strength, and encouragement, into their lives. Who is God prompting you to pray for? Will you join Him in the work He wants to do in shaping them to live, love, and lead like Jesus?

    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.—Colossians 4:2

  • Thirsting for Encouragement

    Devotionals | July 29, 2015

    Where do you look for encouragement, especially in tough times when everyone is looking to you as the leader to keep a positive outlook? In times that test our faith and convictions, we need to know that we are where God has placed us, doing what He has called us to do, depending on Him every step of the way. As we seek to follow Him, He will show us the path He has for us and give us the encouragement we thirst for. Seek His face today.

  • Knowing When to Speak

    Devotionals | July 27, 2015

    A hallmark of Jesus’ leadership was that He always seemed to have the right words at the right time. He didn’t speak too much or too little, nor hold back when it was time to speak up. His words of wisdom brought light and life to His hearers. What can be said about your words?

     “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”—John 12:49-50