December 2

SCRIPTURE

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:26-28

OBSERVATION

It must have been reassuring for Mary to hear the angel say, “You are highly favored.” She could just as easily have assumed the exact opposite—that she wasn’t favored by God and that He was punishing her and ruining her life.

Mary’s meeting with the angel reminds me of God’s interaction with Joshua after he took over for Moses. God said to Joshua:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

APPLICATION

It can be so easy to look at events that take place in our lives that don’t seem to go our way. Too often we become discouraged while facing a situation that requires strength and courage. Despite how difficult a situation may seem, we need to remember that God is right there with us.

PRAYER

God, thank you for the fact that you are with me always. Even during the times that seem like you are far away, you aren’t. You’re right there beside me, during my best days and especially during my worst. Thank you. Amen.

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One of my favorite authors, CS Lewis, once said: 



Maybe you’ve never produced music or baptized anyone, but I think we can still be friends since I'm pretty sure you and I still have something in common: YOU'RE SCREWED UP! 

I know I just insulted you/us, but keep reading!  

Truth be told, some of my greatest life stories capture "Heck yeah!" successes, but most of my experiences include “What did I just do?!” failures. It makes sense though. Somewhere along the way I bought into the idea that failure doesn’t have to be permanent.  Failure is merely a learning opportunity and brings you one step closer to getting it right. It is for this reason that failure has led me to some of my sweetest victories. 

“Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another 'What! You too?'”

If you look close enough, every story from the past provides a learning opportunity for the future. My life mission statement is this: 


There's a lot of leaders out there, but I've discovered that about 90% of them aren't worth following. Become a leader worth following. You may figure out how based on trial and error… OR you can learn from the past experiences of others so you can leapfrog over their failures and gain insight from their wins. 

Let's play leapfrog. 

It's not that I believe I have mastered any of my passions, but I have found a leader worth following: Jesus. I invite you to join my journey as I continue to explore and apply what I have learned from the greatest leader of all time. Simple and small action steps will not only help you become a leader worth following, but a leader who IS followed. Let's do this.

“To inspire and equip others to become leaders who are worth following.” 

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If you look close enough, every story from the past provides a learning opportunity for the future. My life mission statement is this: 



You can become a leader worth following by figuring it out on your own based on trial and error… OR you can learn from the past experiences of others so you can leapfrog over their failures and gain insight from their wins. Let's play leapfrog.  It's not that I believe I have mastered any of my passions, but I have definitely learned things along the way and would love to share the good and the bad so you can leapfrog me. My hope is that you can take simple and small action steps based on each blog post that will help you become a better leader. You’ll be amazed at how far you can go by taking one small step at at time. 

“To inspire and equip others to become leaders who are worth following.” 

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