Are you spending more time and energy worrying about failure than you are about planning for success? If so… know that is a waste of both time and energy.
Now, I realize it is much easier to say this to you than it is to fix it in me. So, how does a man break free from unproductive patterns? Well, one way is through being inspired by the real-life stories of those who actually put worry aside and set their sights, plans and perspective on the God they serve and the opportunities ahead.
Someone once said, “Make no small plans for they have not the power to move the souls of men.” Whatever your plans in life, be sure to make them so big that they show off God to the world!
Nehemiah was a man who had a
- Strong conviction about God’s character
- Genuine confession of sin
- Rock solid confidence in God’s promises and a
- Focused and clear-cut idea of what he was asking for
Last Friday morning at One Thing for Men, there was a gradually increasing roar in the room as men discussed the question cards around the tables. I’m not sure, but it may have been the loudest I’ve ever heard in over five plus years of being a part of this fantastic ministry! I guess that can be expected when you combine two amazing topics like leadership and prayer while looking closely at a man who lived it.
This Friday we will continue our discussion in Nehemiah verses 1 through 8 of chapter 2. These verses provide some essential leadership truths about “How A Leader Plans.”
Nehemiah knew and he had strong convictions about God’s character. He acknowledged and confessed his sin as well as the shortcomings of his family and his nation. He understood and placed full confidence in God’s specific promises and from that he had clarity in what he was asking God for.
Knowing and praying are important essential initial steps in leadership. The next step a leader takes is to plan. Note: You pray and then you plan.
Nehemiah was a master planner. He employed steps that each of us would do well to learn from…
So plan on being a part of One Thing this Friday at 7:00 a.m., when we’ll unlock truth that can and will have a significant impact on your life and then through your life.
Be sure to bring your Bible and invite a friend as we continue our journey through this rich part of God’s Word. Men developing into better leaders at home, at work and in every area of life is what Nehemiah is all about!
Plan on arriving early because you will not want to miss a single minute.
With great expectancy I will see you around the tables on Friday!
“We are what we are in part because of what we do with
opportunities that come our way.
For some time now, Nehemiah had prayed and planned and prepared.
When the door cracked open, he seized his opportunity…”
– O.S. Hawkins
This Week’s Key Verses
“’… And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.”
– Nehemiah 2:8
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.” – Proverbs 4:26
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17