One of the most overlooked qualities of a great leader is the ability to quickly obtain clarity so that important decisions are not delayed and golden opportunities are not missed. A constant lack of clarity is a sign that a business, church or organization is going nowhere. It invites confusion, complexity, and complacency amongst staff, boards, teams, and employees.
I once heard a young pastor while I was living in Houston say that the pastor who mentored him, moved so slow when it came to decisions he never made a mistake. You may read that and discover wisdom like I did the first time I heard it, but contrary to that wisdom I’ve also seen leaders move so slow when it came to decisions that they’ve missed a divine door God was opening or failed to capture momentum that was building within the organization. The bottom line is that the inability to get clarity results in a lot of missed opportunities.
So how does a leader get the clarity they need to take advantage of every God-given opportunity?
1) Prayer - Paul encouraged leaders to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…(Philippians 4:6). Anxiety is an enemy of clarity. When we are anxious we allow ourselves to slip into an uneasy state of mind usually over the possibility of an anticipated misfortune or trouble. Anxiety brings fear or nervousness about what might happen. It’s meditating more on what could go wrong, rather than what could go right. The humility that comes by praying about a possibility opens the heavens of clarity in a leaders life.
Clarity is a result of renewing your mind to think differently about a difficult decision. The prophet Isaiah reminds us God’s “thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
3) Peace - When you pray and begin to see things from God’s point of view you will have peace. I’ve seen a bumper sticker that reads No Jesus, No Peace…Know Jesus…Know Peace. When there is NO peace Jesus is not in the deal, but when you have His peace the deal has been sealed. To complete Paul’s sentence I referred to in Philippians 4:6, verse seven reads, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Peace is the security guard of great decisions that prevent us from getting robbed by the enemies tactics of fear, worry and doubt. Biblical peace promises to bring with it security, safety, and a prosperous soul (3 John1:2).
Where there is prayer, God’s perspective and God’s peace, a leader will find the clarity they need to clear the confusion, complexity and complacency which in turn will create a clear path to the unlimited possibilities God is bringing to them.
Are you struggling to find clarity regarding a big decision? What if any of the three things I mentioned above do you not have in order to obtain the clarity you need?
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