In the world but not of it

September 24, 2010

Willing to invest…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented. 1 Samuel 22:2

It is interesting how certain things we do as kids never really change as we become adults. As a kid when we played football or some other game we always chose captains and then in turn the captains chose their team from the kids on the field.

I was always picked somewhere in the middle or near the end. I came to terms with the fact that I was not everyone’s favorite nor viewed as one of the better players on the field. The team I ended up with usually just settled with having me. Oh well, it’s a passing fad right? Not really.

In fact, as an adult I have seen this same trend all too often. Whether in business or in sport there is the intent and desire to put together the best team and as the world calls it, “cherry pick” the best of the best. There is nothing inherently wrong with this.

The only difficulty with it, however, is that in focusing just on what we believe to be the best we often miss the diamonds in the rough. A leader in business, in sport, in ministry will always take the ones who want to come and show a willingness to be involved because that leader knows that they are teachable, they can be molded and shaped.

Any leader can take the best but the best leaders will also take less than the best. Why? Because they are willing to invest in them.

David’s 400 men were made up of a group that at face value we may not consider to be the ultimate military force but both they and David possessed one key ingredient which made it all work; Commitment.

Commitment can be broken down into several other characteristics and qualities, especially as it applies to the topic of leadership. Under this heading we see loyalty, compassion, respect, honor and courage.

David’s willingness to take the men that came and to invest in them and show true commitment to them resulted in these men becoming his mightiest (2 Samuel 23:8).

Even if God has given you one person to lead then make them the best managed person and lead by example so they come to learn and know what leadership and commitment is all about. It is not a fad, it should be a trend.


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