In the world but not of it

September 28, 2010

Do what is required…

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

But David found strength in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

As a leader David had to face the hard side of being in that lone position. When things got tough his men turned and were upset with him. There is no doubt that whether in leadership or not we all face criticism at time.

There will always be those that misunderstand, misjudge and misconstrue us in some way and that is simply one of those facts of life that we need to accept. The response, however, should never be to defend ourselves first but rather determine whether there is truth in any of it. Our responsibility is not to be right but rather to ensure that our lives do not warrant the criticism we receive.

When Fiorello La Guardia was the mayor of New York City (1933–1945), he hung above his desk in City Hall a pronouncement by Abraham Lincoln. Interestingly, General MacArthur had a copy of it hanging over his headquarters desk during World War II, and Winston Churchill had a framed copy of it on the walls of his study at Chartwell. It said the following;

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how—the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.

David found strength in the Lord – he learned this well that the Lord is the only reliable resource. He is God Almighty – and as a leader does, David went out and did what was required to address the challenge and the Lord restored his men to him.


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