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Witnessing many leaders chase their followers, it makes me wonder whether they do know what leading means?
The leaders of all leaders Jesus never chased anyone. Actually, He put some criteria and ground rules to those who desired to follow Him.
As far as you know who you’re, your assignment, clarity of where you are taking your people, and conviction with a solid character, the right people who meant to be served by your calling and gifting will find you.
As you chase the wrong crowd, don’t make it hard for the right ones to find you. Get planted and bear fruit!!!
I never bow to crisis regardless of its source and how severe it can get.
Crisis rather makes me stronger because I never depended on my own strength.
Nothing on earth makes me fear whether it is defeat, inconvenience, or death. I’m already dead in pursuit of my purpose. I despised death, fear, failure, criticism, and rejections a long time ago.
The truth is, crisis brings the best out of me. It causes me to pray more and depend more on my faith. It makes me become closer to my Creator.
Since He is greater than anything else that exists in His real estate, who or what could hurt me?
What about you? Do you share some of my convictions? How are you dealing with the current crisis? How your faith is helping you?
Are you a leader equipped to lead in the midst of a crisis like this? Do you have a process that you follow to manage a crisis? Have you applied it as you deal with the current crisis? How are the results? What are the challenges and roadblocks?
Jesus well prepared and empowered His followers to survive, outlast, and ultimately thrive in the aftermath of a crisis that rocked His followers’ world following His crucifixion.
Jesus followed a matured crisis management cycle as He prepared, assisted them to survive, empowered them to outlast, and ultimately to thrive in the end. Jesus prepared His disciples ahead of the curve to prepare them for the coming crisis. Three times, He forewarned them of His pending crucifixion. He prayed ahead of the curve for them so that they may survive that fateful and painful crisis where they had to watch their Master humiliated, suffered, and murdered in front of their eyes and publicly. Their hopes seemed dashed forever. I can imagine the devastation they experienced.
Knowing that they would disperse each to his/her own world abandoning Him in the hour of His greatest needs, He prayed for their survival of that horrible crisis they couldn’t handle even if He had forewarned them multiple times. They didn’t develop the resilience to survive and outlast that seemingly fatal blow against their eternal hope and redemption while He was with them, during peacetime. They didn’t fully understand His mission and how He was going to end it all. As a result, when He was captured without resistance and crucified, they felt blindsided, desperate, and hopeless. I can imagine the questions that were running in their head…
As soon as He was resurrected, He showed Himself to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and to some of the other disciples to help them survive. During those darkest hours, they needed good news- some win even if they seemed little or unbelievable for some. Not only that, but He also stayed behind for 40 days empowering them to outlast and eventually thrive in the aftermath once He left. As a result, they survived, outlasted, and also changed the world for good because of a leader who had masterful crisis management skills.
What lessons have you drawn from this story? How can you apply these to your organization?
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One of the most resonating stories for underdogs in the world is the David Goliath story. David was a typical underdog who was a teenager, untrained, ill-equipped, and disadvantaged when he stepped to face the giant. By all standards, David should have lost the fight, and badly.
That one victory against a seemingly unbeatable foe led David to become a king. For the past more than 3, 000 years, David has been the most favored king of Israel. There have been many writings about this dramatic encounter, and lessons fellow underdogs should learn from David. The most referenced advantages of David against the favorite Goliath were his:
- Believe in providence. He trusted in God. He was smart enough to realize that for him to win that seemingly rigged contest, he must depend on the higher power.
- Mindset. He won the battle first in his mind. He envisioned his victory before he actualized it. He was also alert when an opportunity to shine presented itself in the form of a defiling giant. And, he took his chance. We wouldn’t have heard about David if he missed that golden opportunity. The positive words that came from his mouth were also the results of what was going on in his head.
- Competency. David trained himself while tending his sheep. As an underdog, he needed excellence to beat his foes, lions and bears. Regardless of king Saul’s insistence, David stuck with his own tool, sling. He used it well to hit his targets before he ever stepped to face Goliath. He had confidence in his competence in using his own weapon than the fanciest arms the king offered him.
Though it has been more than 3 thousand years ago since the fight happened, that the same traits David had still apply today in the 21st C if your desire is to be the David of 21st C. What you need to do is that contextualize what led David to victory to the new era and your particular giants you face in life. You may not be in the same Judaism religion or a shepherd as David. Your competitors may not be physical giants. The tools you need to slay your giants may not be a sling with some smooth stones. Regardless, you need to draw some lessons from David to secure your greatness destiny in the 21st C.
That is why I created a Facebook Group dedicated to David of 21st C like you, an underdog. It aims at empowering the great ones of the 21st C, and you are a candidate. This group differs from other groups I run or platforms on which I write. Members of this group should believe the higher power. Regardless of our religious affiliation and denominations, I strongly believe that people in this group can get along since we share one common thread: The place divine plays in the lives of underdogs.
You may already know that I have been studying the great ones for over 2 decades. I already wrote two books on the subject of greatness based on my research. I narrated stories of great ones from diverse religions and cultures. All of them had this sense of being commanded to do what they needed to do and expected the full support of Divine even if some of them didn’t pronounce their faith publicly. In this group, I focus on those stories of great ones who publicly acknowledged believing in God.
I’m personally fine with anyone from any religion to join the group and benefit from the contents shared, and engage in discussions of their choice. Upfront, I must disclaim that I’m a Christian and I am going to cite lots of stories and quotes from the Bible. If these don’t bother you, please join this group dedicated to the David of 21st C, underdogs like you.
Though members can share and discuss religious issues, and how that empowered them to overcome their challenges and inadequacies. Nonetheless, these contents should be free from specific religious doctrines and attempts to convert people from one religion to another or from one denomination to another.
The goal is to learn from one another how we use the help of God, develop our mindset and competencies as underdogs as we fight our own giants in the different aspects of our lives, more specifically, as we pursue our purpose in life. The insights, approaches, and tools we get from this platform will transform us from underdogs into greats. It turns underdogs into great ones of 21st C.
When you join David of 21st C, you will be getting the following:
- Weekly blog post shared via email
- Regular educational video clips through email
- Social media quotes and short posts regularly
- Opportunities to engage in vibrant discussion with your fellow underdogs and myself on the platform
To begin with, join the Facebook Group created for this purpose. Going forward, I encourage you to comment, ask questions and also share your perspectives and stories.
Sign up for the email list below. When you sign up, you will get new blogs, excerpts in PDF format, and educational video clips when they become available.
Those of you who are interested, I encourage you to subscribe to my personal YouTube Channel designed to turn underdogs like you and me into greats. Subscribe also for the podcast. You will get great insights, and action tips that enabled many underdogs to excel. The podcast will soon be available on iTunes, Spotify, and more platforms.
Note: Please don't join the group or sign up if you aren't serious and willing to actively engage in the coming years and decades.
Happy Ethiopian Christmas, Gena! One of the most dramatic events in the history of the world was the coming of Jesus into the world. No one before Him or after Him changed the world in the most dramatic way as He did. No one was able to bring fundamental spiritual liberty and freedom as He did. Humanity was in religious bondage before His coming.
However, His birth impacted more than the spiritual realm. His birth has been used as a pivotal juncture in the way we track time and season: before and after His birth (BC and AD) regardless of whether we all are on the same page on the exact day He was born.
Our religious and denominational differences aside, no one ever talked like Him and backed it. No one ever and no one since then talked about being on the other side the way He did. No one claimed to see let alone being equal with the majestic Creator of this universe.
No one saw the Father face to face and talked to Him and survived to tell the story without Jesus. We cannot even come close to one of His creations- the Sun, let alone the LIGHT source that brought this light to existence. Of course, creating the gigantic stars and cosmos bodies must have been easier than creating human beings, the most sophisticated and only beings that can think with will and consciousness.
What is more? No one talked about going to a road very scary like death and promised to come back alive intact. That is why we should all who believe in Jesus should be thankful that He came and solved many of the mysteries no man could solve. Now, many things seem straight forward and comprehensible but think about the dark age before His coming? Many waited and died without hearing about the redemption of mankind, the restoration of the Kingdom man had lost, and most importantly how it all ends.
It was terrible and frustrating for our forefathers and mothers who had so many spiritual questions but unable to have anyone or any reference to quenching their quests. After His birth?! Yes, still today, we have many questions that haven’t answered but at least our major bugging quests had been answered by someone who dared to say I am the Life, the Truth, and the Way…
Glad you came, Jesus! Thank you for making it into this world and giving us a sense of purpose and destiny, for reconnecting us to the Father and restoring the Kingdom and with it the returning of the Holy Spirit to this messed up world. You brightened our world and lives! You are worthy of our praise and worship!!!
We are grateful and expressing it today the way we know how by saying Happy Birthday our King and Lord, even if you deserve more than this!
Check out my new blog in which I announced a new Show. In this blog I shared some of my disadvantages as an underdog and why I’m now committed to empowering the underdogs turning them into the great ones of the 21st C. You don’t want to miss this blog and the upcoming show if you identify yourself as an underdog.
Read it, share it with others, and also let me know what you think and if you may have any suggestions for the upcoming show and podcast. I’m excited and I want you to join me in this journey so that we grow together, tap into our unlimited potential, serve the world using our passion, have a lasting impact based on our purpose in life, and ultimately die empty leaving legacy that continues long after you and I left this universe: https://assegid.com/?p=1307
On top of this show, which I believe many of you would enjoy and find empowering, I’ve also a plan in the New Year to arrange a weekly Facebook live. Sign up to our eNewsLetter below to get updates when the live chat begins. As you know many of the great ones in the Bible were underdogs. They turned into great on top of their own faith, dedication, and commitment, they believed in God and sought His help. In this chat, based on my latest two books, we will dive to study how these underdogs turn into great ones, and how you too may learn some lessons from their lives to attain your own birthright of greatness in your own unique way. Stay Tuned…
The initial flyer of the July 6th, 2019 intensive leadership development workshop. Take advantage of this opportunity and register by going to the Eventbrite page shared on the flyer. 200 USD per person value for free. Register quickly before the few remaining seats are taken. Volunteers and Sponsors are most welcomed. If you would like to volunteer or sponsor, reach out to me. Hope to see you there… #PROLeadershipAfrica
The first Adam took down with him the entire human race into condemnation. When he disobeyed, he and we all ended up separated from our Source and in turn lost the Kingdom (rulership) and kingship (dominion). On the other hand, the last Adam- Jesus, demonstrated unwavering obedience to the Father and as a result He was authorized to pick Himself from hell and together with Him all of us. Thanks to Him. We are picked from the deepest pit of death and desperation.
The obedient One became the first ‘man’ to enter and stand in the presence of the Holy One since the first Adam was kicked out due to disobedience. The first Adam before fall had a chance to stand before the Holy One on a daily basis and enjoyed constant fellowship with God. Because of disobedience, however, he was separated from God. Heaven cannot and won’t entertain disobedience and disorder. The father of lies and disobedience- the devil was kicked out the same way because He caused chaos.
The first Adam’s act of disobedience also caused the entire race to live under the oppression of the author of death, the devil, for centuries.
For centuries, humanity was hopeless. Deep inside, nonetheless, it had craved to go back to the Kingdom to fellowship with the Source, the Father. But, no one knew the way back to the Kingdom. No one was worthy to satisfy the price it took to reunite the Holy One with the fallen humanity.
Of course, untill, the last Adam penetrated the physical universe and became one of us as promised.
Humanity had been in deepest darkness till the bright light showed up in flesh in their midst. Jesus revealed the Father and shared the love and desire the Father had to reunite with His kids. The last Adam was knowledgeable about how to get back to the bosom of the Father. He was also worthy and obedient enough to pay the price to reunite us with the Father.
Jesus’ resurrection and ascension was symbolic. It signifies that we all are redeemed and restored to the Kingdom we once lost.
Today reminds us the might and glory of Jesus, our Hero. Except our Savior no one ever beat death like He did. He embarrassed It as It had been embarrassing the human race for generations by getting up after three days. Jesus willingly gave up His spirit and picked it up! No one went condemned into hell and came out victorious except Him.
His resurrection is not just a good news spiritually. Yes, Easter signifies that we are redeemed and restored to our former glory before the fall of the first Adam. Sunday also signifies that whatever has been tormenting you and I, it has expiry date. Whatever looks like dead in our life, profession, and business is resurrected!
On Friday, while still on the cross and in pain, Jesus knew what was going to happen in the next three days. On the other hand, His disciples, regardless of His efforts to prepare them, they forgot all about it. They remained worried, and even frightened.
They spent the second day, Saturday, full of despair and hopelessness. Jesus, however, on Saturday, He was busy doing the very reason why He came on earth. He was also looking forward to Sunday. He couldn’t wait to meet His disciples to announce the victory, the restoration of humanity.
How are you spending your ‘Saturday’? You may be in despair and hopelessness in this season of your personal life and/or professional and/or relationship and/or business lives.
But, don’t forget that God is busy doing lots of things in your favor and in the background. Don’t forget that He doesn’t sleep nor slumber. He is your shepherd.
Be expectant that your full restoration is hours, maybe days, or may be some months away. It doesn’t matter how long. Your ‘Sunday’ is coming, coming soon.
Don’t give up. Rather, rejoice as you pass through in this seemingly hopeless season of yours. You cannot please God without faith. You don’t need to wait till ‘Sunday’, until you see your resurrected and restored situation to celebrate. Tap into your faith. Begin celebrating, you’re restored!!!
More than 2000 years ago on this past Friday, the onlookers in Jerusalem witnessed how far someone with true LOVE would go when Jesus was dragged willingly to the cross to die for the SIN of the world. Human kind since Adam’s fall had been suffering from an incurable disease, guilty consciousness. Even those individuals who were living a clean and holy life couldn’t overcome it. There was no cure for guilty consciousness that began transmitting from Adam to the subsequent generations because of his disobedience, the worst sin against God.
Fortunately, there was one ‘man’ who was willing to take up on this challenge to free the human race once for all from guilty consciousness. This act restored humanity to its former glory before fall. Nonetheless, those hundreds of onlookers didn’t know what exactly was going on that Friday. Without knowing, they were witnessing history as Jesus became a substitute to pay for the penalty of sin by giving up His life. They didn’t know that He was motivated by love, love to humanity that was separated from the holy and perfect God who cannot (won’t) contaminate Himself with imperfection and disobedience. Jesus showed empathy and was willing to go the extra mile no one could before Him in order to bring back humanity that was kicked out of the Kingdom of God stripped of its power and dominion because of disobedience (lack of love).
The One who was before the world came to existence and the Word of God who created the universe dropped His divinity aside wore flesh to penetrate the physical world. Jesus then lived a holy life and finally obeyed God and submitted Himself to the will of God by giving up His life to redeem the human race. On top of rescuing the human race, He showed us how to walk with God, through obedience.
More than 2 centuries ago, the last Adam took upon Himself to finish what the first Adam failed to do by showing hundred percent obedience to divine. Restraining the power that was flowing in Him that silenced storm and raised a decayed body from the grave after 4 days, the last Adam submitted Himself to show obedience- the ultimate measure of true love to divine.
The question to you and I is: Have we forgiven ourselves and are we free of deep guilt engraved on our soul? We cannot fellowship and boldly stand before the throne of God to pray and fellowship with Him while feeling guilt and condemned. If you passed this hurdle, the next question is: Are you now willing to obey God, to do His will? If we love Him, we will do His will by demonstrating obedience like Jesus did. We may not need to die on a cross, that was done and that wasn’t our particular assignment on earth.
However, if Jesus submitted to the worst of all assignments, a death on a cross, are you willing to obey to pursue the assignment He gave you? In this season, let’s remember the sacrifice of Jesus and be thankful to Him. Let’s also learn from His humility, to submit ourself and our will to His one step at a time to fulfill His agenda in this generation through our service.