We are very excited to be apart of what our new church is doing involving reading the Word together and journaling. As much as I love writing, I have never been good at journaling. Why? I really don’t know. I think I just didn’t know how to write simply what was on my heart. I felt like it had to be a record of my life for the future. One day someone would stumble upon this old journal and it would tell a tale of adventure and excitement. They would publish it into a book, and my house would become a national monument, forever preserved as a piece of history. Somehow I always got stuck on the details.
Anyway, this new approach to journaling involves using a Life Journal where we all follow the same daily reading plan, and then basically answer the question “How will I be different today because of what I have just read?”.
So tonight I was getting caught up as I was a day behind, and I was reading the story of Daniel and the Lions Den (a Sunday School favourite) in Daniel 6, when I was hit with one sentence that really stood out.
Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. (Daniel 6:4)
I was thinking about all the characteristics of a godly leader and I couldn’t think of one that didn’t fall into one of those three categories.
You could name something like a good listener, but I think that falls under faithful and trustworthy. Someone who empowers others, well that’s being responsible with your human resources. Can you think of one that doesn’t fit into one of these categories?
In another translation Daniel is described as having a spirit of excellence. I absolutely love that wording! As an administrator, doing this with excellence requires a lot of hard work and diligence. He definitely needed to be faithful, responsible and trustworthy! Because of his excellence he was quickly elevated to places of influence.
Some of you may not feel like you are in a place where you are influencing anyone. If you’re a faithful reader of this blog, you know that I would disagree with you and say that you are always influencing someone. However, I understand you might feel you have a small sphere of influence (I can just hear some of you asking “do a dog and a cat count?”). Jesus said that those of us who are faithful with little, much will be given.
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
Therefore, I say to you that these three characteristics should be much sought after by us, in whatever capacities we serve. As we develop and prove ourselves to be “faithful, always responsible and completely trustworthy”, the Lord will expand our territory and give us more exciting adventures to embark on.
It is true that if you get used to taking short cuts in the little things, you are going to take major short cuts on the big things, because you won’t have trained yourself to follow the process.
Daniel’s life is an amazing example of a person that in everything he did, he did it all to the glory of God.
May a spirit of excellence be upon our homes, in our work ethic and apart of our daily family life.
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