Week 17   Day 2


leadership has elusive qualities about it  

we often assume that leadership should 



                        lay out a plan 


but in order to remain in power 

leaders are often tempted   

                        to pander to our lower nature 

                        to promise great rewards at little cost 

                        to proclaim victory with every undertaking 


the leadership we see envisioned in scripture 

has a fundamentally different center about it 

            it is a calling from God

                        and not an ego trip 

            it is an awareness of needing God's help

                        and not just a rugged individualism 

            it is a commitment to love the people of God

                        and not primarily self-praise 


and because leadership involves 

commitment and change 

            there is

                        the resistance and a desire to stay with the familiar 

                        the challenge to learn new disciplines 

                        the need to do that which we would rather not do 


our Lord calls us and leads us 

            to see not only what is 

            but what still can be 


            to hear not only what we want to hear 

            but what we need to hear 


            to respond not only to what is interesting 

            but to what is true 


                                 worthy of our calling


                  Israel's soldiers became builders.
                                       I Kings 4 & 5


     25Judah and Israel dwelt safely, each man under his vine
and his fig tree, all the days of Solomon.  26Solomon
forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve
thousand horsemen.

     29God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great

understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on
seashore.  30Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom
of all
the men of the East and of Egypt.  32He spoke three
proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and
five.  33H
e spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon
to the
hyssop that springs out of the wall; also of animals,
creeping things and fish.  34Men of all nations came
hear the wisdom of Solomon.

    2Solomon sent to Hiram, king of Tyre, saying:  "You

know how my father David could not build a house to the

name of the Lord his God because of the wars which were

fought against him on every side.  4Now the Lord has given

me rest; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence. 

9And I propose to build a house for the name of the Lord

my God.  6Therefore, command that they cut down cedars

for me from Lebanon, and I will pay you wages for your
according to whatever you say."

     7Hiram rejoiced greatly and 8sent to Solomon, saying,
"I have
considered the message and will do all you desire
the cedar and cypress logs.  9My servants shall
bring them
down from Lebanon to the sea where I will float
them in rafts to the place you indicate
.  Fulfill my desire by
giving food for my household." 

     13Then king Solomon raised up a labor force of thirty

thousand men.  14He sent them to Lebanon, ten thousand
month in shifts, they were one month in Lebanon and two

months at home; Adoniram was in charge of the labor force. 

    15Solomon had seventy thousand who carried burdens,

and eighty thousand who quarried stone in the mountains,

16besides deputies, who supervised those who labored

in the work.  17The king commanded them to quarry large

stones, costly stones, and hewn stones, to lay the foundation

of the temple.  18So Solomon's builders, Hirams's builders,

and the Gebalites quarried them, and they prepared timber

and stones to build the temple.
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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