Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Leadership Promises - Discount Your Distracters

"Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night."  Nehemiah 4:7-9
Leadership Promises - Discount Your Distracters
Leadership Promises - Discount Your Distracters.
Nehemiah had to contend with the same kind of pest that plagues most true leaders today: distracters who torment and do everything possible to interfere with work. Sanballat first tried to stop the work by mocking and ridiculing the Jews. When that didn't work, he shifted his tactics to fear, entrapment, and political maneuvering. The contrast between Nehemiah and Sanballat could hardly be more pronounced. Nehemiah's leadership and character countered every assault of Sanballat and provided the impetus for his godly vision to be completed.

Contemporary leaders can learn several valuable lessons from studying Sanballat's assaults, threats, and schemes:

  • Expect distracters.
  • Don't give them the time of day.
  • Trust God to protect you and your reputation.
  • Keep your hands to the plow and don't look back.
Excerpt from The Maxwell Leadership Bible
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