While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron,
"Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children
of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I
have given them." Numbers 20:12
We learn something invaluable about leadership at
the expense of Moses in Numbers 20. By this point, Moses felt weary of the
complaining, the stagnation, and the lack of progress among the people. He was
running on empty. And in his weakened condition he made a decision that cost
him his future.
Directed by God to speak to a rock in order to get
water for the nation, in anger Moses struck the rock. He reacted in fury
rather than obeying with poise, and for his disobedience he was barred from
entering the Promised Land.
This sad incident teaches us at least two lessons.
First, never make a major decision during an emotionally low time. Second,
choose to be proactive, not reactive, in your leadership. Don't let your
mandate come from the grumblings of the crowd. Get your cues from God and the
mission He has given you. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Am I a reactor or a creator when I lead?
2. Do I play defense or offense when I lead?
3. Am I a people-pleaser or a God-pleaser when I lead?
4. Do I boss my calendar, or does someone else choose where I give my