Effective leaders practice the Law of Navigation, which says that anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.

A Good Thought for 2014

The Navigators organization is 81 years old.  I’ve worked with this group off and on for 40+ years.  Over the years I’ve become convinced that the Navigators vision to make disciples is much larger than the organization.  It’s Jesus’ Great Commission. The following is an excerpt from John Maxwell - Are You a Navigator? – from his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and how I see it.
Maxwell raises the question: Are You a Navigator and then writes:
"The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”   
Proverbs 16:1-3

Effective leaders practice the Law of Navigation, which says that anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course.
Here’s my take on the above text:  I’ll focus on six key words in the text to help me answer Am I a Navigator?

  1. Preparation of the heart. It takes time, attention and focus to be still long enough and quiet long enough to allow God to prepare my heart. Isaiah 46.10, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. 
  2. Answer of the tongue. Giving a good word to those around me is a byproduct of God’s work within me. I must take care that I don’t say what comes off the top of my head or simply ‘speaking my mind’. I must allow God’s spirit to guide my words.  Psalm 19.14, May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. 
  3. Ways of a man.  I consider my ways to be my actions and movements.  How I carry myself will show forth who I am, not my statement of beliefs. I must keep myself from thinking that I’m all that, and my life doesn't show it. Psalm 39.1,      I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth. 
  4. Lord weighs the spirits.  My ultimate value is determined by God.  He uses scales that measure my spirit.  Therefore, I must not condemn myself nor should  I see myself any greater than I really am.  Psalm 139.24, Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 
  5. Works to the LORD. Work is labor.  It is the energy that I give to make a difference in the world.  I must always evaluate the work that I do in light of God’s will and not simply work to get things.  Colossians 3.17, And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 
  6. Thoughts will be established.  What I think about is heavily impacted by what I do.  If I devote myself to preparing my heart, my words, my ways and my works,  my life will not collide with God’s will. Rather I will have Godly thoughts that will keep moving me to live according to His will. Proverbs 23.7,  For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. 

Not bad King Solomon (writer of Proverbs 16) thanks for the thought.... 
And like Jesus, a "leader" is first and foremost an example; holy, intentional, follow-able.... Well as we look forward to 2014, let us consider what kind of leaders we want to be and what kind of leaders we want to raise, train and empower to take our place.

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