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Leave Something Behind

The word, aftertaste, is defined as the persistence of a sensation (as of flavor or an emotion) after the stimulating agent or experience has gone.

Notice it’s the persistence of a sensation or emotion.

It’s unpleasant at best and we try to get rid of it as soon as we can. Conversely, when we have a good aftertaste, we want it to last and have it again.

This of course is centered around food but the truth is, we leave an aftertaste with our lives too!

Being a leader means we have influence, which gives us the chance to have a generational impact.

This is a great opportunity and when leaders do it well, there’s flavor and emotion that is good. When it’s done poorly, there’s flavor and emotion that is bad.

The good news is, we all have the chance to leave behind something good by what we give. This is particularly true in how we treat people.

John Maxwell says, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Great leaders care about people!

The greatest thing we can leave behind is our faith. This is what lasts forever and when we lead well, others can see Jesus through our example.

God leaves something behind for us and these two things we can leave behind too.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

Psalms‬ ‭23‬:‭6‬

This is the last verse of one of the most famous passages in the Bible, Psalms 23, I love that it says, “Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”

This is the aftertaste God gives us. This is also the aftertaste we can give others.

I love that God gives us goodness and mercy every day of our lives. These two things follow us when Jesus is our shepherd. This is profound for our life of faith and I’m thankful.

But what if we took these two things and had them follow our leadership of others? What if this is what we left behind?

Here’s how this can be done.

1st – Goodness.

God cares about how we treat people, and when we display goodness to them, it pleases Him. There’s no doubt that we are required to give to others, what God has given to us. This includes goodness.

Goodness is a ubiquitous idea that includes being fair to people. Being kind. Giving respect. Treating them with care. Doing what you say. Being honest and clear. Leading them with pure motives and giving them a chance to grow.

When we are good to people, it gives an insight into how God treats us. This is vital because, for some, we’re the only Bible they will read.

Showing goodness to others comes from a confident leader who is secure and who they are and in what others can do. I believe that when leaders are not good to people. It’s because they are insecure and small on the inside.

But being a Christ-centered leader enables us to be healed, confident, and humble.

I encourage us to show goodness to people as a way of doing life.

2nd – Merciful.

The mercy of God keeps us from what we deserve. I’m so thankful that He gives us new mercies every morning.

What we do with this mercy is very important to God. Jesus said this, “he that is merciful will be shown mercy.” See Matthew 5:7.

What we receive from God is what we can give to others. This includes being merciful.

This means we give people space to make mistakes. We don’t hold power over them to intimidate them, but rather we utilize our leadership to empower them. We don’t hold things over people’s heads, but instead, we cover them and let them move on from potential mistakes.

Mercy is NOT covering up mistakes, but it is covering the person from embarrassment. Mercy is a strength from the character of God and we all need it.

This is huge as a leader because how we treat people can break them or help them flourish.

This is a big deal because we’re seeing in our culture a lack of mercy. More than ever people are trying to label others and hold a mistake over their head forever. But this is not what God does to us. Great leaders know how to show mercy to the people they are leading.

It’s in this environment that people are safe to take chances, step out and try something new. This is where growth happens, increase happens, and the development of people happens.

I encourage us as leaders to be determined to leave behind something that lasts for generations and that impacts eternity. I encourage us to show goodness and mercy to those in our lives and let that follow us as part of our legacy.

Please be a leader that cares about the people you lead and that makes a difference for eternity.

God bless you and The Best Is Yet to Come,

PD

Pastor David Norris

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