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Thursday, June 20, 2013

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C. Peter Wagner tells that when he was young he attended “horse pulls.” One of the strongest horses could pull 7,000 pounds and another an amazing 9,000 pounds. But when the two horses were hitched together, they could pull 33,000 pounds.

This is a principle which will bring exponential results if the leader understand and utilizes it properly.  Often leaders motivate their people through the use of competition.  Although competition can be healthy it also can be destructive.  For better and exponential results the leader who understands this principle unites leading workers in a task describing mutual benefit.  Giving adequate instructions, ample resources, and animated encouragement he will likely see remarkable results.

by Dr. Gayle Woods

Thursday, June 13, 2013

An Unprogrammed Moment of Nobility

The story is told that Abraham Lincoln once visited a slave auction. He did not go to buy a slave but merely to watch the proceedings. As he watched he was more convinced than before of the indignity of selling and buying a fellow human being. As a result of the experience he was overcome with rage.

In this state he observed a young woman being brought to the auction block. She was obviously difficult to manage as she rebelled against the possibility of being sold to a stranger. She probably had known this experience in the past as owners had used, abused and then disposed of her.

Lincoln did something that was out of character. He joined the bidding and he continued to raise his offers until he was awarded the sale of the slave girl. After paying the price and he strode over to where she was being held. Her defiant anger was now focused on him. To her disbelief he said, “You’re free.” She vehemently expressed her disbelief. Lincoln insisted. “You are free. You can go wherever you want and do whatever you want.” The truth of the matter was finally grasped and she said, “Well, if I am really free, than I’m going with you.”

Leaders may at times confuse those who observe their decisions and actions.  Lincoln displayed depth of character by 1) his actions being based on principle rather than popularity, 2) his concerns being centered on the needs of others rather than the approval of the majority, and 3) his integrity which caused him to carry through with his noble act even when he was rebuffed by the benefactor.  We can learn a lot by observing this unprogrammed moment of nobility.

By Dr. Gayle Woods

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Success By What Standard?

Paul Harvey once gave the secret of his success. He said: “I get up when I fall down,” Bits & Pieces, March 3, 1994, p. 16.

Race-car-driver Bill Vukovich might have him beat. He said, “There’s no secret. You just press the accelerator to the floor and steer left.”    Today in the Word, February 17, 1993

Time Magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people puts the following in the top ten:

Jeremy Lin point guard for the Houston Rockets
Christian Marclay – artist
Viola Davis – actress
Salman Khan – educator
Tim Tebow – quarterback for the New York Jets
E. L. James – author
Louis CK – stand up comedian
Rihanna –  artist, actress and fashion designer
Marco Rubio – US Senator (R) from Florida
Ali Farzat – Political Cartoonist
A list like this makes me wonder about the world’s measuring stick for success.  I have found that the best place to find the secret of success in God’s Word.  There you will find that the secret of success, victory and unusual exploits that anointed servants of God’s achievement lies in the fact that God’s presence is always with them.  This means . . .

· To be willing to serve God in whatever way He wants
· To be full of the Holy Spirit
· To allow God’s Word to be authoritative in your life
· To be like the Lord Jesus Christ

Personally, I would rather have my name listed in Hebrews 11 than in the Guinness Book of Record or Who's Who in America.

Do you want to overcome great problems? Do you want to fulfill your divine destiny? You need the power of His presence.

By Dr. Gayle Woods