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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.”

Wait! I’m feeling all alone.

*What do you do when it feels like no one is supporting you? simple. Go find someone to support.  You will reap what you sow…

“To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.” – Harry Truman

BONUS: It is really a great encouragement when we know we have the support of our peers and elders. Isn’t it? Have you found that to be true?

BUMMER: It is much more difficult when our elders and peers are distant and…or, even more so crushing, …they are disapproving and vocally unsupportive. Have you ever experienced this? ouch. tough place.

If it’s gonna be, It’s up to me

When you know you are supposed to do something DO IT. Please do not expect someone to do it for you. It is your responsibility to make sure it happens …otherwise, it won’t ….at least not thru you. Someone else will do it and you’ll be left in the dust of remorse and regret. You will see with your own eyes someone else taking your dream and vision and running with it…..that is because the vision really belongs to God. He is looking and searching for leaders!

The opinions of others should never keep you from being who you are. The opinions of others should never keep you from doing what you know you are supposed to do.

The opinions of others should never keep you from being who you are. The opinions of others should never keep you from doing what you know you are supposed to do. Jay Bryan Sandifer
The opinions of others should never keep you from being who you are. The opinions of others should never keep you from doing what you know you are supposed to do. Jay Bryan Sandifer

I like what motivational speaker and author Les Brown says about you, “Don’t let someone’s opinion of you become your reality.”

What an empowering and liberating thought!

You are NEVER alone!

If you feel alone you are not. You are never really alone. NEVER. You may think no one will follow you, but if you live out your passions people will follow you. This is because people are so attracted to passion. Passion attracts. Passion attracts the right people. Your passion attracts those who will follow….and btw, that is NOT supposed to be everyone. Joshua only led the nation of Israel. Joshua only leads his people…and You will only lead yours. Make your voice heard so people will hear you and follow.

Joshua had a passion for the Lord. Joshua loved the Lord. Joshua looked first for God. He pursued God’s Kingdom first.

How do I know?  simple. …so glad you asked. Joshua was successful. Joshua’s success is proof that he obeyed the commands of the LORD I have been sharing with you….the commands found in the very first verses of The Book of Joshua!

Joshua would not have been successful had he not been strong and very courageous. It took repetition to infuse this all-important message of confidence and achievement into Joshua…from more than one source…But Joshua did the deal. He didn’t just sit around and think about! He had action. He could have sat around and made a bunch of excuses about how his leader was now gone….now what? what can I do? but no! Joshua was smart enough to be able to receive the word of the Lord…to take the word in. ..to meditate on it day and night. Are you?

If you want to experience victory, success, and fulfillment you too must have the passion for the Lord. I recently explained the importance of confirmation and endorsement from man.

BUT, what if there is no man to endorse you? Are you going to sit and wait for someone to come around and make you happy, make you feel loved, make you feel inspired? As business philosopher Jim Rohn says, “What if they don’t show up?!”

“What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” – Ellen Burstyn

You must be like the man David and powerful and gifted leaders found the life-giving pages of the scriptures. You must speak out to yourself.

  • SELF, 
  • Wake up!
  • Get up!
  • Now! 
  • Find rest in God!
  • God will never leave you or abandon you! Yoo are NOT alone!
  • Remember all the benefits of God!
  • Remember God’s mercies!
  • Remember God’s Goodness!
  • SING of his Power, Might, and Greatness!
  • Do not remain silent!
  • Do not hide. no.no. no.
  • What’s with the sadness? Do you not the plans and future The LORD has for you?
  • Put all your hope in God. 
  • God is the one.
  • It is not by might, not by power, but the Spirit of GOOOOODDDDDDD!!”

You must make God’s words your words….like Jesus did.

When all HELL seems to break out against you, you must find that place in God where you know you are not alone. You must use the faith God has given to you. You must trust God. You cannot base your joy, happiness, and fulfillment on what you see in the circumstances around you. You’ve got to walk your journey by the empowering and life-giving faith God has so graciously given to you Do not journey by what you natural eyes see. You are of a different world. A different kingdom.There is a deeper level at work. There is an unseen realm where the angels of the Lord are warring for your goodwill.

There is a deeper level at work. There is an unseen realm where the angels of the Lord are warring for your goodwill. Do not be afraid. Be strong and very courageous.

Quotes About Feeling Alone

 

“The sequence is suffering, insight, will, action, change.”  -Allen Wheelis

“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” – Orson Welles

“If you want to be happy, learn to be alone without being lonely. Learn that being alone does not mean being unhappy. The world is full of plenty of interesting and enjoyable things to do and people who can enrich your life.” – Michael Josephson