Leadership

Let’s say you need heart surgery. You go in for a consult and the doctor prepares you for all that needs to take place.
Then the day arrives…you go under the knife.
Like most people, after several hours, you’ll come out fine.

Today I want to take a different look at heart surgery. One from the perspective of Jesus the Heart Surgeon.
So if He were to take out your heart and lay it on the exam table there beside you, what would it look like? I could only imagine what mine would resemble, so for all intended purposes, we will use mine as an example so as not to offend you( sarcasm infused).

My heart is lying there on the table, and He touches me to awaken me, because “this is an internal look into the heart of man” He says.
So there’s my heart, rather small and shriveled, somewhat dis-colored, and still beating. He says to me, “Let’s see what we have here”(like He doesn’t already know).
“Well…here’s a little faith, some love, a measure of humility, and..oh…some pride, a lot of pride, a little arrogance, and…oops…some want, some fleshy fat around it, and…”
“Please fix it!”, I shouted.
“That’s what I’m here for son.”

Now I know this is somewhat awkward for some to read, but it’s meant for us to look introspectively at the things we’ve allowed in there that take His place.
Jesus said “Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out from the mouth come from the heart and those defile the man.”(Mathew 15:18) The word defile here in the Greek text is koinoo’, meaning that which is made common, or to consider.
In another words, that which we’ve spent enough time dwelling on that it takes up room, or space. I’ve always believed that if you spend enough time thinking about something, good or bad, those thoughts eventually work into actions. It’s the way that our adversary, Satan, infects lies into our mind, eventually embedding them into our hearts. Easy for him, debilitating for us.
The Word of God also states to “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners; and purify your hearts you double-minded” (James 4:7-8) That’s the key! Resist evil. Draw near to God. Cleanse your hands. Purify your heart. This is healthy preventative measures for your heart. The stronger your heart is for the things of God, the harder it’ll be for the enemy to get in. And it is very important to know that Jesus can fix it! You just have to ask. Sometimes, more often than we realize, all it takes is for us submitting our hearts to Him, and saying “Please fix it!” We find ourselves not having because we don’t ask.

Finally, I leave this with you…

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the One who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

May God bless you and keep you! Michael

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So you’re a leader and you have a team of V.I.P.’S. They are “very important people” to say the lest, because they are on your team right? But today I want to talk about another form of V.I.P., which stands for “Very Interesting People”. In leading people today, I think it behoove’s us as leaders to surround ourselves with people who have some interesting characteristics that they bring as a part of the team. A multi-culture, metro-versatile individual is most valuable when his/her personality mixes and blends well not only with the landscape of the team, but in the local community as well.
Now, some teams are full of people who “know” others, and have “connections” that help in being on point and getting the task and vision complete in a short amount of time. That’s not all bad, but rigid at times. Lest we forget, which we do a lot, leading and team building is supposed to be fun, not all business.
A good mix of all four major personality groups is a good idea when building your team. You need the Dominant ones to drive the team, the vitality of the Influencers to rally everyone together for the cause, the Steady ones to take on the work load to see it done, and the Compliant personalities to make sure it’s all done the right way. The DISC model is bulletproof and well worth the time to hand-pick from each to build a stellar team. The ratio of extroverts to introverts should be a good equal amount as well, with the Dominant/Ifluencers being extroverted and outgoing, and the Steady/Compliant types comfortable being on cruise control behind the scenes. It all works! And it all works good. It won’t be perfect, but it will be a team to be proud of, and one that will be able to say, “We did it!”