Daily Word for Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Philippians 3:13-14 [No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.]
Colin Powell, in one of his leadership books, said that he’d learn over the years of his top-level leadership involvement that the best way of dealing with crisis was to do so as early as possible.
Consider the following 4 steps in managing crisis:
1. Prepare yourself so that you don’t become a part of the problem.
1 Samuel 25:18a [Abigail wasted no time…]
2. Identify what is needed to deal with new requirements.
1 Samuel 25:18 [Abigail wasted no time. She quickly gathered 200 loaves of bread, two wineskins full of wine, five sheep that had been slaughtered, nearly a bushel of roasted grain, 100 clusters of raisins, and 200 fig cakes. She packed them on donkeys.]
3. Enlist the assistance of key people and provide them with needed instruction.
1 Samuel 25:19b [And said to her servants, “Go on ahead. I will follow you shortly.”]
4. Operate on a need-to-know basis with others.
1 Samuel 25:19c [But she didn’t tell her husband Nabal what she was doing.]
Abigail is the poster child for adaptation. Read her story in 1 Samuel 25 and note the defining moments there. Ask God to help you deal with issues that you perhaps have back-burnered.