April 17, 2016 – Leaders are Learners

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“God is honored in our contentment, but He is never glorified in our complacency.” –Kenneth Kuykendall

     The worst kind of leader is the one who thinks he cannot learn anything else.  Those who feel like they are too old to take notes typically live a boring, stale, and somewhat prideful life.  God has called us to be perpetual, persistent pupils until we see Him in all His power.
The most influential people, the most effective voices in our generation are those who have not “arrived.”  Arrival, in its purest form, simply means to be done, to be finished with the course.  Those who “have arrived” really have nowhere else to go.  Or as John Gardiner said, “Most of us plateau when we lose the tension between where we are and where we ought to be.”
God is honored in our contentment, but He is never glorified in our complacency. Therefore, we need the “tension” as Gardiner contends; tension that propels us from our lackadaisical position.  Tension that painfully drives us to the next ring of the ladder. Tension that pushes us out of the proverbial nest.  Tension that causes us to examine our motives, our dreams, our heart’s condition.  Without tension you may find safety, but you will never go beyond where you are.

Daily Reading: 1 Kings 15-17