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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.”

Three Tips to Help You Succeed

What you MUST do to Succeed

Joshua is told he MUST lead the people to the place God has told them about. Why?

The people needed a leader in order to get to their promised land.

God *had* the people in mind *then* and he has the people in mind *now*. He will also have them in mind tomorrow. He is same yesterday, today and today.

The Lord also gives Joshua an ultimatum,  IF you follow my words exactly, you will be successful in everything you do.

In other words, success is yours, but only IF……

Ultimatums

I remember meeting a lot of musicians and artist and people in College. I attended the Savannah College of Art & Design.

There was this one guitarist I met. I thought he was a really nice guy. Why? He would take me out for lunch and throw parties for the students. His name was Rob. One time I was talking with Rob about God….not sure why…I was n’t exactly being intentional about worshipping or serving God at the time.

Anyway, in one of our conversations, I remember Rob saying he could not accept a God who serves ultimatums….hmmmm. Without getting too deep here,  I believe it would be impossible to have a standard without an ultimatum. Without a standard, there would be no rule for measurement. Without a standard, there would be no integrity, no repetition, no order. Without order, there would be no God. God exists because order says so. I will touch on this in another chapter.

I can’t help but think of this verse found in scripture: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12

My wife Sherry says we all have attitudes in our hearts. We all thoughts. We all have a soul. Everyone has a Spirit. The word of God is alive and it discerns everything on the inside of us…so that we know what is right. And we can choose to do it.

3 Tips for Success

God gives Joshua three extremely insightful tips to help him with success:

  1. Remember 
  2. Study
  3. Obey

Remember

Everyone has moments in their past where truth has proven its life changing importance. You have had those moments of awakening when you saw or heard something that had a major impact on your outlook and perspective. Remember the positive ones. For me, it’s certain bible verses and catchy one-liners of wisdom…like this one: what goes around comes around.

I’ve noticed that many of the wise sayings I’ve heard over the years are just different ways to express the ancient biblical truths of scripture…for instance…‘You will always harvest what you plant’ is part of a verse found in the book of Galatians 6:7

Remember the wise sayings and all the circumstances that may have surrounded your hearing them for the first time. Where were you? how old were you? who were you with?

Study

Study where these words of wisdom originated. Study their contextual clues. Memorize the truths. They are life changing. They are the standard that will cause you to rise to new levels.

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
-J.M. Barrie

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. J.M. Barrie. Jay Bryan Sandifer
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. J.M. Barrie. Jay Bryan Sandifer..

Obey

Obey is the holy word for action.  It means work. In fact, unless we want our faith to be dead, we must work. We must put action to our beliefs…we must put activity to our hopes. James 2:26 says, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”  NLT

IF: a powerful word

If you do these things, you will be successful. You will accomplish your purpose of leading others into their dreams of hope and freedom.

How to Have Prosperity. Joshua 1:7

Be strong and very courageous. Make sure to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

If you want prosperity wherever you go you simply need to keep the focus on the insights, advice, knowledge, wisdom, example, and success of your mentor….wait! You *do* have a mentor, don’t you?

Remember the very first leadership lesson of Joshua. 🙂

Keep the INSIGHT in sight. Jay Bryan Sandifer
Keep the INSIGHT in sight. Jay Bryan Sandifer

Before Joshua began to move forward in his action of leadership, I believe he had to undergo a process of renewal, conditioning and mind setting. Before gaining the necessary confidence to lead a nation of people to victory, I believe Joshua needed to know victory himself. Joshua needed to think about his assignment in the perspective of a specific victorious vision.

Dreaming about the vision actually gave voice to the vision. The vision was able to provide specific directions for Joshua. Your vision will do the same for you too.

In this example, the details of direction were found in the vision. Vision actually became words for Joshua….words in the form of pictures and his mind. Thoughts.

Vision speaks of past, present, and future.

The voice of vision uses the present to light the wood of the *learned and understood* experiences of the past which fuel the fiery passion and desire the future dream.

God used the dream and vision to speak to Joshua.

The Lord used the vision to build Joshua up. The great God of Israel gave Joshua a pep talk that has miraculously continued to encourage lives of the greatest leaders to this day!

According to the text found in the first chapter of the Book of Joshua, this is the second time Joshua is told to be strong.

1. Be strong. Joshua 1:6. This strength was necessary to produce the results of leading others into their Destinies and dreams.

2. Be strong. Joshua 1:7. This strength was necessary to follow the example assess, wisdom m, advice, words of the mentor.

This second strong is what we need if we want to have Prosperity wherever we go.

You may have heard the adage, Success leaves Clues. These Clues are found in the words and examples of those who have gone before us.

The words of your mentor are not new. They are old. They are ancient and timeless. You have heard the wisdom, one-liners, and Proverbs many times.

For you to become prosperous, you need the strength to stay focused on the *law* given to you by your mentor and leader.

Think of 5 things your mentor says that have impacted you. If you can’t think of 5 things, try checking this out.