Feb. 3, 2014 Our Life

The Respectable Leaders | Are you trustworthy?

A while back, a good friend of mine shared this fantastic website and devotional called Wisdom Hunters. I opted to subscribe to Boyd Bailey's blog posts via email because I didn't want them to get lost amongst all the other blogs I read.  
This year I am trying to stretch myself spiritually by reading more books, taking a Doctrine course at our church (that starts tomorrow and I still have more reading to do) journaling / blogging and spending more time in prayer. I love Boyd's thoughts on Relationships, Faith, Hope, Leadership and Wise Living and there are so many great posts on his blog, you should really check it out. His post on February 1st was titled Respectable Leaders.  
“Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money” (1 Timothy 3:2–3) 
"Respectability invites respect. You may say, “I cannot get any respect.” If so, on what do you base your expectations? Is it your charm, charisma, or ability to converse well? None of these mean you are respectable; in fact, they can repel respect and garner disrespect. Your skills and gifts require character to garner the admiration of others.  
Respect is earned, not demanded. It is sustained by influence, not position. Presidents, preachers, and parents are given respect by their position, but if they consistently underperform or lack integrity, respect is lost. It is not a right of the irresponsible but a privilege of the dependable. Respectable leaders get right results in the right way.  
Respectable leaders also rise to the occasion and do the right things. They persevere and provide stability instead of panicking and creating chaos. They take responsibility by espousing the values of the organization, not by gossiping and blaming others. There is a depth of character that runs deep within their souls, not to be stolen by sin. 
Lastly, respectable leaders are well thought of when their track record is one of trustworthiness, honesty, and follow through. However, the goal is not for people to like you. They may not like you when you lovingly hold them accountable, but they will respect you. They may not like your discipline, but they will respect your consistency. They may not embrace your beliefs, but if expressed in humility they will respect you. Perhaps you ask, “Am I respectable?” If so, you can expect respect. " 
Prayer: What area of my character needs growth and transformation so as to solicit respect? 
The Bible says, “A sensible person wins admiration, but a warped mind is despised” (Proverbs 12:8 nlt).
*Now, you are probably wondering why I shared a post on Leadership when this is a photography blog. Well, after reading this post a dozen times, I felt that it also applied to our relationships with family, friends and clients. I love the final paragraph in his post when he talks about having a good track record of trustworthiness, honesty, and follow through. Are you trustworthy, honest and respectable?  
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