Often when i talk to seasoned leaders I notice many still have a narrow vision…have limited sight and only see the immediate. They many times fail to see the big picture. I’ve been suggesting they Google out, begin to see the bigger picture, to appreciate what is going on in the world and to expand their world view to invest in the future of their city, state, nation and world.
There is nothing more discouraging for me than to hear self-centered leaders speak from their self-centered perspective. Narrow.
I’ve been amazed at the short sightedness. The attitude says no one can do anything better than me. The problem inflated ego. They need to Google out to see the bigger picture.
…Googling out sees the Kingdom potential. The Kingdom of God is much larger than we tend to believe. Our positive impact upon others is also much larger than we tend to believe. Living truth demands development.
The big picture, God so loved the world…that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have / gain eternal life. Jn 3:16.
we lose sight of our great prophetic purpose in life.
Alan Nelson of Rev Magazine has hit the mark with his Me to We writings. His passion is to help leaders shift from a Me world view to a We world view. The shift is vital for growing churches. People who want to play in the game also want to sense that they are part of something greater than themselves. They want to be on a team, be a team player be in a movement that is really making a difference in Google out sort of way.
How do leaders begin to shift their world view? Google out.
1. Embrace your crisis, your crossroad. Most vision is developed in crisis, or at a crossroad time of life that could lead to a progressive forward movement. Isiah saw the Lord when the king had died. He humbled himself, cried out to God, was cleaned up and sent out.
2.To go to the mountain and see
Simply put, pray…Moses went to the mountain, where God could be found… was instructed …then return and built what he saw. You can see a lot when you’re on a mountain. The perspective is amazing.
Getting alone with God is one way to begin to see in order to gain and grow fresh vision.
3. Change your speech. Make a conscience choice to use inclusive words. Shift from I, to we, me to us, me to we. As you consciously seek to use inclusive words, seek to develop and inclusive attitude. Faith often speaks before faith sees. i.e. we are doing a great thing in our community. Thank people openly for being part of God’s plan for your area.
4. Develop a team mindset. If you want to change your world, you can’t do it alone.
5. Invest in others by giving away what God has entrusted to you.
Key word: entrust. We will have to give an account how we gave away what was given to us as a trust. (tip: do a biblical word study on entrust, to trust, or stewardship)
Many leaders don’t do well in developing others to expand or to carry on their vision to future generations. This is the making disciples piece of the great commission…teach them to obey all that I have commanded you idea. If we don’t encourage, challenge, nurture the next generation they will have to recreate the principle… better to pass on strong DNA than to see a recreation that has diluted DNA.
Personally, I want to be a Google Out person. I want to be a part of what is happening now, see into the future and genuinely celebrate others who are developing and moving forward. In the end God is honored, people are playing in the game, Jesus is glorified and those who know not Jesus are discovering faith.