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   10/15/2014


MOVING TO THE FRONT
by Rev. Don Rivers
 

  Have you ever wanted to have the final word? Have you ever wanted to be the one who makes the decision after hearing all that others have to say? I am sure at times it would be a welcome task and at other times it would be a difficult task. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Leadership is a difficult endeavor; it involves having the last word. A leader interprets all that is said and all that is done and has the responsibility to set the direction. Leading others comes with a great responsibility. Is the person you are following moving you to the front?

  I was thinking about the final word and how it guides a race team. The crew chief is the one that makes the decision but who has the final word? I think the man who turns the wrench ultimately decides. The driver has input, the crew chief has the decision to make, but ultimately the guy that sets the tire pressure, the guy that adjusts the chassis or shock has the final say. He actually does it.

  I have had times when I had the last word, it comes with any leadership position, when all is said and done the leader has the final word. The leader has to decide what was said that was significant. They have to set a direction. Having the final word is one thing, but what happens if no one follows your instructions?

  Leadership not only involves making decisions, providing guidance but also people have to follow. If you turn around and there is no one following you then you are not leading. That is the most difficult time, having to take a step back and figure out where you lost everyone, collect them back up and recommit to move to the front together.

  Race teams deal with this on a constant basis, there is always a level of trust required and a belief that the one leading knows the way. The one leading has a responsibility not to lose those he is responsible for leading. There must be a mutual respect from each team member to be committed to the direction of the team.

  Who have we allowed to lead our lives? A couple of Scriptures come to mind that help remind me who should be the one I follow.

Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Jeremiah 29:11-13; For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

  These verses will help us move to the front, when we commit to seek God with all our heart and let Him guide our path we will move beyond the pettiness of life and find true satisfaction and fulfillment. That only comes from one source, Jesus Christ.

  We all desire to have the best life possible, but we put our trust and faith in things that will not help us attain that. We seek life in things that lead to death and destruction. Not everything will help us move to the front; in fact Scripture tells us if we want to lead we must serve.

Philippians 2:5-8; Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death -- even death on a cross!

  So how do we move to the front? We need to move to the back, the most effective leadership comes from an attitude of service. We get this so wrong in life. We think the powerful, the bullies, the proud and arrogant are the natural born leaders, but the truth be told leadership comes from surrendering yourself to the service of others.

  Think about it, how many times has someone doing something for you stuck in your mind? It is easy to remember those times when someone reached out to you in your time of need and helped you. Those are the times in life when we are encouraged, fulfilled, satisfied. Those are the times we donít feel alone. Those are the times when we see hope and a future. When we know someone is looking out for us, we stumble and fall but there is someone there to pick us up, dust us off, walk alongside us until we can stand on our own: that is true leadership! The secret is to move someone else to the front.

  Christ desires to lead us to the most satisfying, meaningful and fulfilling life here on earth. We need to allow Him to lead us, move us to the front. Donít be surprised if the view from the front isnít what you expected. If you are there, you will start to see how many other lives you can touch by giving them hope and a future. Surrender to Christ and let Him have control over your decisions and actions; that is a life worth living.

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

  LEE USA CLOSES OUT THE SEASON - Bobby and Vinetta were on hand to help close the 2014 season under almost perfect skies. The team at Lee deserves high marks for getting the show completed in a timely fashion. It isn't always an easy task when dealing with touring divisions along with your regular weekly divisions and extra divisions for a special show but the team at Lee did a great job even with the curve of a rain delay.

  WORLD SERIES WEEKEND - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park closes out the Whelen Modified Tour this weekend and a champion will be crowned. It is always good when the championship comes down to the last race. The whole season builds to the point where one team secures the hardware. We look forward to being on hand for the celebration, come join us.

 
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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

   May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
 


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Posted: October 15, 2014

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