Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

5 May 2016

Leaders Are Made, Not Born

‘Who am I that I should go?’
Exodus 3:11 NIV

Why does God call people who don’t necessarily feel qualified? So we’ll depend on Him more than on ourselves. When God called Moses, he asked, ‘Who am I that I should go?’ When God called Gideon, he replied, ‘I am the least in my family’ (Judges 6:15 NIV). When God called Solomon, he said, ‘I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties’ (1 Kings 3:7 NIV). When God called Jeremiah, he replied, ‘I do not know how to speak’ (Jeremiah 1:6 NIV). But they all became great leaders. How did they do it? By saying yes to God’s call, learning from their mistakes and growing wiser, and drawing strength from God each day. So whatever God’s called you to do, whether it’s large or small, you can grow into it. Winston Churchill wasn’t thought of as an academic success, and it took him several attempts to pass the entrance exam for The Royal Military College, Sandhurst. But he went on to become leader of wartime Britain, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest figures in British history. Actor James Earl Jones had developed a stammer when he was young, becoming mute because he found speaking difficult. But with the help of a high school teacher, he overcame his difficulties in speaking. Today we know him as the voice of The Lion King’s Mufasa, and Darth Vader in Star Wars. You may not think you have a natural talent, but you can grow, and with God’s help, develop your skills in ways you couldn’t imagine. Even though you may be limited, the God who lives within you isn’t!

What Now?

So you've spent five days on your SWOT. Today sit back and look at everything you've written. Does it seem to be leading you in one direction? Spend some time praying about the things you've written, and ask God to guide you as you do.

Bible In A Year: 1 Sam 30-31, John 15

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