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Baby Steps -What’s Next?

Baby Steps To Walking

Babies learn to walk one step at a time, don’t they? They learn in a progression of sequential steps. I like how the Developmental Motor Milestones Chart explains this process of learning to walk. The infant follows this general sequence:

  • Lifts head
  • Uses arms to lift chest
  • Rolls over
  • Sits without support -crawling
  • Stands with support
  • Pulls to stand
  • Walks holding on to objects-cruising
  • Stands alone
  • Walks alone

adapted from: Adolph, K. E. & Robinson, S. R. (in press). The road to walking: What learning to walk tells us about development. In P. Zelazo (Ed.) Oxford handbook of developmental psychology. NY: Oxford University Press.

Are People Born Leaders?

“An eagle does not crawl because it was born to fly.”  -Matshona Dhliwayo

Some people believe people are born leaders. Do you know what I believe? I believe people are born to lead. I believe intentional leaders have to be made and developed through a sequential growth process.

I like what coach Vince Lombardi says about leadership, “Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal or any goal.”

Joshua was born in Egypt under a heavy hand of the pharaoh.

According to the website Chabad.org, Jewish tradition suggests Joshua, like Moses, was also hidden in the Nile after birth to escape Pharaoh’s decree that all newborn Hebrew males be drowned in the river.

I think Joshua grew to have a unique perspective on the juxtaposition between right and wrong. Perhaps Joshua clearly saw the dance between a holy Heaven and a fallen Earth.

I think Joshua’s Hebrew tradition, roots, and culture kept him connected to the heartbeat and desire of Heavens King and Ruler, yet his being born and raised in the culturally and technologically leading nation of Egypt gave him an advantage of learning how to take the human experience of domination, growth, advancement, and leadership. I really think Joshua was the servant of Moses for a reason.

Moses and Joshua were Gods choice and He made sure to use their like-mindedness together to advance his plan to answer the cry of a nation who was weary and tired of being enslaved. Although Joshua and Moses were not the same person, they were one in purpose.

Baby Steps to Leadership

Here a few personal thoughts on the potential baby steps Joshua grew through on his journey to national leadership:

  • Know who YOU are
  • Have a BIG dream
  • Become servant to all
  • Work to stay close to your mentor
  • Know your mentor’s heart & personal journey
  • Understand your dream is an extension of the inspiration of your mentor
  • Be absolute certain and confident when your time to lead comes
  • Get the word about your dream & vision out

When Joshua specifically knew with confidence what it was he was called by God to do, he turned his face from listening to God to speaking and sharing this information with those he was called to lead.

Joshua was mediating the heart and will of God for His people. And so will you. That is what great leaders do…they mediate the between the excellent and provisional purpose and plans of God to the people. Great leaders are most often God’s spokesmen.

Horsemanship

I want to end this thought on taking baby steps into your glorious leadership potential by sharing a quote from American Politician Adlai E Stevenson II,  “It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”

How to Inspire Others. Joshua 1:6

In one way, our victory and success may be most effectively determined by the lasting positive impact we make on and in the lives of others. Simply put, we win when we help others win. 

How different would your life be today if you knew your victory was an absolute guarantee? 

What would be different about your experience if you heard a loving, caring, confident and powerful voice of authority speaking the following words over you?

  • Be Brave.
  • Be Determined.
  • Be Courageous.
  • Be Strong. 

What if you knew that your leadership venture would guarantee change in others lives? Is that possible?

What if you knew that your actions would cause people to change?

What if people would be brought closer to the will of God for their lives because of your leadership initiative?

When you rally and move yourself towrds the dream, the people who are with you may not all follow you, but the ones that matter will. They are counting on you lead. 

You are the one for the job. Your courage, strength, and confidence will produce the necessary motivation and inspiration for others to even move into the dreams they have….the dreams of your father’s… dreams that were left unfulfilled.
The best way to inspire others is to be true to yourself. Live your life with passion.  

What Happens When God Tells You To Do Something? Joshua 1:3

What can you expect when you finally have your go ahead?

When you know its time to move into that place, role and position you’ve been waiting for, there are some very specific key elements used to help you build confidence in taking the plunge.

Does that make sense?

When I was 25 years old and ready to make my next move, I knew where I needed to go, I and I knew what I would be doing when I got there.

Think about it….first of all, you already know the voice of the Lord because he is the one who is telling you to step out when it’s your time to step out, right?  He is the one who is making it clear to you that it is now your time to make your move.

*What* he says after he tells you to step out is reliably ready to be used and promoted as the confidence to help you make the actual move…it’s the promise of what will happen as a result of your action in making the move. This is the expected result.

What is the result of brushing your teeth?
What is the result of washing your vehicle?
What are the results of not getting enough sleep?

Here are some of the words the Lord spoke to Joshua immediately after telling him to go and make his move. Using four different Bible versions as an example, The lord confirms the results and outcome to Joshua:

  • I will give you every place where you set your foot.
  • I have given you and all my people the entire land that you will be marching over.
  • I will give you every place you go in the land.
  • Wherever you go, I’ll give you that land.

 

I will give you every place where you set your foot. Joshua 1:3 Jay Bryan Sandifer

I will give you every place where you set your foot. Joshua 1:3 Jay Bryan SandiferYou see, the Lord first tells Joshua to: GO and DO. The Lord gives Joshua orders. Joshua receives:

  • a Directive
  • a Plana Task
  • a Task
  • a job

The Lord gives Joshua a clear and unquestionable assignment.

What will happen because you Go and Do….What can you expect? You can simply expect results, outcome, benefits.

Where God is leading you, he will make sure it is ready for you. If you are meant to conquer a thing….The lord will make sure to make it conquerable for you!

Where God Guides, He provides.

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First Serve, Then Lead -Joshua 1:1

Joshua was Moses’ minister.  He was the assistant to Moses. Joshua was the right-hand man to Moses. Joshua was the servant of Moses. Here are a few synonyms for Servant:

  • Slave
  • Helper
  • Dependant
  • Hireling
  • Minion
  • Live in
  • Waiter

In the ancient and beautiful language of Hebrew, the word used for this idea of servant sharath.

According to the Strongs Concordance The word sharath means to attend as a menial or worshipper; figuratively, to contribute to:—minister (unto), (do) serve(-ant, -ice, -itor), wait on.

Here is what the words looks like in Hebrew:

שָׁרַת 

If you are questioning your ability to lead, is your ability to serve also in question?

The greatest and most admired leaders are those who serve.

The greatest and most admired leaders are those who serve. Jay Bryan Sandifer
The greatest and most admired leaders are those who serve. Jay Bryan Sandifer

If you really think you are meant for more…to do more, be more, and become more, you first must have the experience of the assistant.

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