Sunday, March 3, 2013

Servant Leadership...Foresight!

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Tim. 3:16)

In my last post, we had the opportunity to look over the principle of conceptualization. Even though that was one of 10 Principles of Servant Leadership, we ended up focusing on how to take our dream(s) from conceptualization to reality. So friends, have you put your dream(s) to the test? If not then I will introduce you to our next principle, foresight. Here's the summary:

Foresight - Foresight is a characteristic that enables servant-leaders to understand lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequence of a decision in the future. It is deeply rooted in the intuitive mind.

In today's post, we are going to talk about foresight. Foresight is one of those words that require focus, the ability to listen well, and awareness. Sometimes the journey to reaching our dream(s) can be a very long one. Many times our dreams can be within reach and before you know it we are redirected in a totally different direction that takes us away from our dream(s) temporarily. Anytime we get redirected, it's extremely important that we are able to find all the signs that will eventually redirect us back to our dream(s). This requires amazing foresight.

So where do we get our foresight from?

Foresight can come from a number of different sources. Instead of counting down the number of resources available to us, I want to focus on the most important resource that has been given to all mankind, but very few read, and much less live it in their lives. The Bible.

God has blessed us with so many ways of providing foresight to be able to guide us and direct us to achieving the dream(s) we have long to accomplish. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God. God has the greatest vantage point from His throne in Heaven. As a result, He provides us the foresight needed to walk through any and all challenges that come our way.

The Bible is the ultimate road map and moral compass for our lives on every single level. The Bible details and outlines everything under the sun from salvation to money. The Bible not only provides us with invaluable insights into God's view on things that really matter to Him and to us, but God provides us foresight through the Bible as well by letting us know "in advance" what would happen if we are not obedient to Him.

The greatest appreciation I get out of His foresight is that is not sugar-coated. The foresight provided is a "what you see...what you get" kind of foresight. There's no "beading around the bush" or trying to figure out what may come around the corner and catch us off-guard.  As long as we focus on God and His Word, listen to Him and those people He brings into our lives closely during this potentially long and drawn out journey, and just as importantly, remain aware of His presence and the signs around us, we will give ourselves an opportunity to avoid a potentially dangerous situation and find ourselves in a compromised position. It's important that we know and are aware of where we get our foresight from. With that said, I have the following question:

What, or more importantly Who, are you getting your foresight from?

Thank you all very much for reading this far my friends! I hope and pray that this post has been as beneficial to you as it has been to me. Even though God has inspired me to write out the posts in this blog since September of last year, I have also learned and gained invaluable insight (and foresight) throughout this entire writing experience. May God continue to bless you and keep you all friends! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)