20151106_222938You Were Born to Be Extraordinary. If you believe this say AMEN. My brothers and sisters God purposed for you the very best even before you were born. Before there was a thought or your father getting to know your mother. You were already in God’s blueprint. Hallelujah. Hear what the word has to tell you today. Let us get into our Bibles and read the text for this morning’s devotion.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. —Philippians 1:6

I’m a perfectionist by nature. I’m never satisfied with the status quo. I long for better and best, and I rarely let myself off the hook. I push myself. I beat myself up. I get impatient with my lack of growth. I grieve when I fail as a leader. I feel the weight of leadership every day. It’s a burden that I carry. It’s weighty. And honestly, sometimes it smothers me. It is difficult for me to find grace for myself. The urgency of the calling bears down on me, and I don’t feel like I have a minute to waste.

Everything we do as leaders affects those we lead, so the fear of my inadequacy as a leader can easily keep me up at night and out of my bed. But a calling isn’t meant to be a burden. A calling is meant to be compelling.

A calling is the unleashing of all of who we are for God’s great good.

The weight of responsibility, the fear of inadequacy, and the longing for perfection are all healthy tensions that keep us tethered to our greatest need as leaders: to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.

Several years ago I decided to add running to my exercise routine. I never considered myself a runner. In fact, I brought a treadmill and was using it until I lost the enthusiasm to continue exercise, I was convinced I needed to stick with it and see if I had more in me than I thought. For several months I worked out in the gym and thought that was the solution to my sleepless nights. Every week I shortened the the time I spent in the gym, and started to exercise at home. It was slow, but it was progress. The first time I saw changes in my body, I was elated with an achievement I didn’t think I had in me.

But even though I had achieved it, it wasn’t easy. I didn’t experience the runner’s high that real runners speak of. I kept at it, though, I tried everything to stick with my plan and took my program to work because I had a goal. The first time I ran a full five miles on my treadmill, something began to change from the inside out. I wanted to do this everyday and experienced the runner’s high. So, while I was accomplishing something at home I was injured at work and it took a different turn. My plans changed and I was in a lot of pain and there my setbacks began. I was doing well at my own pace and with ease. My life was improving and I felt in controlled. I was under doctors’s care and my routine was different. My brothers and sisters I thought I was getting fit to stay in the leadership role. I never gave up but I am still fighting the battle and I am preparing to get back to that level where I was and going beyond. 

Leading with our whole self — heart, soul, mind, and strength — is like experiencing that runner’s high. It happens when all the dimensions are working fluidly together and you’re experiencing progress toward your goal. Like long-distance running, extraordinary leadership can’t be achieved without work, focus, discipline, and perseverance. It requires developing muscles that we didn’t know we had. It requires committing to regular practice, continuing to engage with our team, pushing ourselves a little further than we’re comfortable, and selecting carefully what fuels us and provides energy.

Extraordinary leadership emerges from a commitment deep within us. It’s not a fad to follow or a new method to model. Leading with everything we are means putting everything we have on the line for the cause we are compelled by. Heart, soul, mind, and strength leaders know their leadership takes work, engagement, commitment, perseverance, and determination. Much like a runner’s high, leadership highs won’t happen the first time you exercise your leadership muscle. In fact, you’ll lead every day but only feel those moments of effortless joy occasionally. But when you experience them, they keep you going for days and months more. You are called to be an extraordinary leader.

Heart, soul, mind, and strength leadership is possible. God hasn’t called you to a place of influence to leave you ill equipped for the responsibility. I still marvel that His formula for leadership is grounded in His instructions for everyone. Love God. Love others. So simple yet so profound.

Philippians 1:6 says,

He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Perfection isn’t a goal to be attained today or tomorrow. It’s a lifelong journey that won’t be realized until the day we arrive on heaven’s doorstep. The pursuit of perfection is the wrong goal because it’s more about loving self than loving God and loving others. Extraordinary doesn’t mean perfect. Extraordinary means the pursuit of God’s Great Commandment. And in the pursuit of leading with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength, the perfecting continues.

May your leadership be an overflow of all of who you are: heart, soul, mind, strength.

You, right where you are in life, are called to be an extraordinary leader. Heart, soul, mind, and strength leadership is possible. How and where are you leading and loving God and others today?  

 Yes, These Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

I have had the honor and privilege of working with church leaders around the world and across many denominations and sizes, and one of the things that I have discovered is just how crucial it is for leaders to be cultivating and raising up extraordinary leaders around them.

Leadership is never just a title and is always a lifestyle, an all encompassing set of decisions that change the way you look at every facet of your life. Writing letters, declarations and decrees. Writing to encourage those you are unable to meet personally. Compiling stories and researching. Thanks be to Almighty God for this answer to write and encourage others

You have the capacity to become an extraordinary leader— if you are willing to embrace a deeper definition of leadership and take action to apply it.

I have discovered the secrets to standout leadership found in the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Brethren when you find that strength in the word of God you are on your way to success. Do not borrow and claim as your own. Work to achieve. When you make a sentence you will understand what is written. When you borrow you will be always looking for the explanation

I sum it up in these four essential aspects of growing more influential: your heart for relational leadership, your soul for spiritual leadership, your mind for managerial leadership, and your strength for visionary leadership. 

Leadership isn’t easy, but it is possible to move from ordinary to extraordinary.

A leader who loves “putting feet to vision,”

Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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Author: Godfrey Gregg