The Basics of Leadership from a 12-Year Old’s Perspective, 08/02/2016

Today’s devotion was put together by my 12-year old daughter. She has titled her devotion, “The Basics of Leadership” because without teamwork, you cannot have leadership.

She chose to begin with a clip called “The Wisdom of Geese,” because (in her words) it shows how animals can do teamwork and have leadership, and we can learn from them.

Her next video, “Leaders vs managers,” shows (again, in her words) that if you want to be a leader, have open thoughts to the people you’re leading. Don’t give orders.

After the videos, she then shared the following verses:

if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” -Romans 12:8 (NIV)

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, -1 Timothy 3:1-2 (NIV)

Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. -Titus 1:7-9 (NIV)

For each verse, she went around the table and encouraged discussion by asking everyone what the verse meant to them.

©Stacy DeSmet, 2016

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