Sharing with you a collection of notes to myself that you may find helpful
Early this week, I opted to withdraw to the mountains to spend time reflecting, praying and fasting. We normally do 3 days corporate fast in our church at the beginning of the year, this one though is personal. Need this break to pray for important people in my life, clear my mind and seek direction on pressing issues, and of course, humble myself and repent.
Notes to self 1/7:
“Silence is the best response to personal insults and criticism”
Ref. 1 Samuel 10: 27
Context: Saul was just anointed as King, some people threw personal insults at him. He did and said nothing in response
Notes to self 2/7:
“Do not give up on the ‘people’ you chose to be in your circle, because God’s work is not yet complete in them”
Ref. 1 Samuel 12:22
Context: Despite the pain caused by Israel, God did not give up on them, for his name’s sake
Notes to self 3/7:
“When the behavior of your appointed ‘officers’ disrespect you, it is ground for removal from office”
Ref. 1 Samuel 15:10-11; 22-23
Context: Saul was given specific instructions on what to do, but he opted to play politics and chose to make himself look good on people than follow God. As a consequence, God removed him as king
Notes to self 4/7:
Define the behavioral limits of your managers, so their actions will not drag you and the organization to untimely or unnecessary war
Ref. 1 Samuel 13:3
Context: Israel is not yet ready to go to war, unprovoked, Jonathan attacked an enemy’s outpost. As a result, the untimely war caused a lot of miscues in leadership decisions.
Notes to self 5/7:
Listen to the counsel of women, it’ll spare you from unnecessary trouble
Ref. 1 Samuel 25:23-31
Context: David was slighted by an ungrateful man. His testosterone shoot up, he and his men opted to kill the man. But a wise woman, upon hearing this, talked to David and brought his senses back
Notes to self 6/7:
Personal grudges of key managers towards their colleagues can prevent collaboration for a good initiative.
Ref. 2 Samuel 3:26-27
Context: King Saul is dead, and David was proclaimed King of Judah. They are now in the process of unifying the 12 tribes, when the officers personal grudges got in the way and delayed the unification.
Notes to self 7/7:
A good leader honors the legacy and values of her predecessors and founders
Ref. 1 Kings 2:2
Context: Before David died, he gave instructions to his successor, so his leadership reigns will be secure, and will continue to the next generations.