Today, as I write this blog, I got the news that one of the leaders in my life passed away and finished his race. For him, he’s with Jesus. For us, we grieve and we process the life he lived and what he accomplished.
Pastor Peter Doseck inspired my faith and looked out for me and Sumer like a Father. His kindness and care have left an imprint that will be shared to the next generation.
He led a church that was bigger than his town and from this small population, he reached the world. He broke through limits, he reached for God and his touch is felt by millions of people.
When I think of his life I see someone who chose to make the most of it.
This speaks to us right now!
As leaders, we must choose to make the most of it. To seize the opportunity and to let God do everything He wants to through us. Too many people live with the regret of “what if”. But I encourage us to live with the fulfillment of “I did” and “I tried”!
This is our moment to make the most of it.
The Bible says it this way.
“24. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. 25. Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.”Psalms 118:24-25
Today is the day He has made and that He has given. Today is the twenty-four-hour period we have right now.
Notice the attitude of the Psalmist that has rejoicing and gladness. This is a choice and it’s one with the expectation of what can be.
Then he’s asking God to give him success and to bless him in what he does.
We need this as leaders because our attitude is taking us somewhere and without God we have true success. This is our moment and this is our time to make the most of it.
When I think of a leader’s potential impact I think of this quote,
“We make a living by what we earn, we leave a legacy by what we give.”
What are we leaving behind? A lot of the answer to this question is linked to our attitude and expectation. Which is why we must choose to make the most of it.
1st – Choose to be thankful.
Thanksgiving sets the direction of our attitude and outlook. It lifts us in our focus on what God has done and how blessed we are. Having this posture is always healthy, it is always good, and it is always for our benefit. This is why we must practice being thankful daily.
When I choose to be thankful, it’s causing me to live in the moment by remembering what has happened. This sets my focus that the day I have is going to be a great one and it lifts my expectation.
This sets the trajectory of our Hope which then lifts our attitude.
Leaders are better when they are thankful. Leaders are better when they remember what God has done. This is huge for ongoing health and growth in leadership.
2nd – Live for something past you.
Legacy is what we give and to have this, we must live past ourselves. Meaning we choose a bigger vision, purpose, and outlook that touches others. If we live only for ourselves we’ll be stuck. If we live past ourselves we can grow past us and discover what God can do.
Fulfillment comes when we live beyond what we see for us and start helping others see what’s for them. But this requires us to overcome the selfish test.
Living for a cause bigger than us is thrilling and exhilarating. This is where we come alive because God made us for more than just me, myself, and I.
Anyone can be selfish, that’s easy. It takes a leader to bust out of the norm and live for something bigger than them. When this happens, others follow and others grow greatly.
3rd – Be a giver.
Givers leave a legacy. Takers leave a mess. God wants us to function through generosity. Making the most of it is linked to generosity because it sees the bigger picture and it’s giving to something beyond them. Just think about who we celebrate in our country and around the world, it’s people who were givers and made a difference.
We don’t need to be famous to do this, because being a giver has an impact whether big or small. There’s something about the heart of a giver and the act of a giver that ripples down generations and leaves good stories to tell after they are gone.
The givers in your life were the ones who impacted you the most. Now is our turn, and the time is now!
I know what it’s like to be impacted by a man like this, and today, I honor him as he enters his reward.
I hope that I live the same way and have the same impact on others as he had on me.
The best is yet to come,