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Are You Giving It Your All?
After spending years in Rome working on life-sized sculptures, Michelangelo went
to Florence, where a huge block of white Carrara marble had been obtained for a
colossal statue. Within weeks, he’d signed an agreement to complete a rendition
of David, one of his most famous masterpieces. Contract in hand, he started
As I identify the
working with such passion that often he slept in his clothes, resenting the time it
took to take them off and put them on again. He faultlessly examined and precisely
passion You have
measured the marble to see what pose it could accommodate. He made hundreds
placed in my heart,
of sketches of possible attitudes and detailed drawings from models. He tested his
I pray that You
ideas in wax on a small scale and only when he was satisfi ed did he pick up his
would make room
chisel and mallet.
for it Lord. Help me
He approached painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with the same intensity.
develop outlets for Lying at uncomfortable angles on hard boards, breathing the suffocating air just
what I know I was under the vault, he suffered from infl amed eyes and skin irritation from the plaster
born for. Show me
dust. For the next four years, he literally sweated in physical distress as he worked,
clearly Lord, what
but look at what he produced!
I can channel my
If you’re not passionate about what you do, fi nd something you can be passionate
energy into which
about! Don’t just make money, make an impact! Signifi cance should be your goal,
not survival.
will leave a legacy
Listen: ‘ … don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best…Keep in
in Your Kingdom.
mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ’ (Colossians 3:23).
When I know, it, let
me be determined,
focussed and give
You Can Become A Leader
completely to see
the gift You have
created me to be.
During a sales meeting, the sales manager was berating his staff for their dismally
low sales fi gures. ‘If you can’t do the job, there are others out there just waiting
to take your place,’ he said. Pointing to a newly-recruited ex-pro football player he
said, ‘Ask him. If a team isn’t winning they replace the players - right?’ ‘No,’ he
replied, ‘If the team is having trouble, they replace the coach.’
Good news: leadership isn’t something you’re born with; the raw materials can be
acquired. Link them up with desire, and nothing can keep you from becoming a
leader. Think you’re called to lead? Leaders are big-picture thinkers. They:
a) see beyond the immediate crisis b) place emphasis on vision, values and
motivation c) refuse to accept the status quo; d) develop the skills to cope with
confl icting requirements e) manage others well by fi rst learning to manage
Sandhill cranes are birds that fl y great distances across continents. They’ve three
remarkable qualities: a) they rotate leadership so that no bird stays out in front
all the time b) they choose leaders who can handle turbulence c) when one bird
leads, all the rest honk in support. Learn enough about leadership so that when
God calls you, you’re ready to take your place at the front of the pack. In every age,
there comes a moment when leadership must come forward to meet the needs of
the hour. So be encouraged, there is no potential leader who will not fi nd his or her
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