Thanks for joining us on this journey of building a consistent habit of reading our Bibles every day. The Bible reading plan we are using this year can be found here: One Year Bible or here on the Bible app. As always, if you miss a day, don’t feel compelled to go back and catch up. Just skip it and start back on today’s date. I am reading the NLT this year, but feel free to use whatever version you prefer. Now here are some thoughts from today’s readings:

Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food.
‭‭- Proverbs‬ ‭12:9‬‬‬

     What a powerful leadership thought! It basically is saying, “It’s better to be a leader than for others to think you’re one.” A lot of people today assume they are leaders. Leadership has become a buzz word.

     But you’re not really a leader until you have a follower. And having a follower doesn’t make you a good leader. John Maxwell says if you look behind you and no one is following you, you’re not leading, you’re just going for a walk. Don’t work on ways to make others see what a great leader you are. Work on ways to become a better leader for those who are following you. Leadership capital is always better than leadership reputation.

     The truth is, most of us are leaders in some capacity even if we don’t recognize it. There are at least a few people that we influence, and influence IS leadership. So, what is your influence like? Are you pushing people to grow closer to God and to their goals? Or maybe you’re distracting them from both. Either way, you are leading people somewhere. Don’t waste time trying to convince yourself you’re a good leader. Most of us aren’t. Spend time focusing on becoming a better leader, and then, one day, you will be a great one.

Who are you leading and where are you leading them? What specific things can you do to become a better leader?