Welcome back! If you started on June 6 when we kicked this off, you are now on D-Day plus 57.
Be the Leader: Just because we have moved on in our training does not mean that the earlier lessons are done. A leader must be constantly growing and learning.
BE THE WARRIOR
The warrior takes the small things seriously
The warrior must be a student of history.
The warrior must live by a code.
In the heat of battle or for most of us when stress hits us hard we must have pre-decided how we will react.
Consider Joseph in the book of Genesis. He is a hard worker. He is wise and loyal to his master. Unfortunately, his master’s wife took a special liking to him and worked to seduce him. Consider the temptation. Here is a noble woman who likely regularly bathed, wore make up and the fanciest clothes of her era. Because of Potiphar’s position it is also likely that he had his choice of beautiful and intelligent women so she is a top tier girl.
One day this cunning woman orchestrated some alone time with Joseph, and invited him into her marriage bed. All of the external barriers that might have helped Joseph overcome this temptation were gone. How did Joseph not give into this temptation? He made a vow before hand to not give himself to this woman. When the invitation came that was not the time to debate the rightness or wrongness of the situation. His natural senses would have led him astray. He was a young man with testosterone running through his system at full tilt. But he had made a vow at least internally to keep himself pure.
That same sort of pre-decision can be made for many things in your life. You can seek ideas on the internet for wording and ideas of things that you should include in your personal vows. But let me give you a few here in no particular order that you might consider.
- As a warrior it is my duty to always lead from the front and not the rear.
- I will treat all people with respect and love because they are made in the image of God.
- I will set myself as an example that others will want to follow. (Holistically)
- I will push those that work with me toward constant and never-ending improvement (CANI)
- Pain is required to release the beast within you.
- I do not need to like what God directs you to do, you must simply do it.
- I shall live my life with simplicity.
- I shall never assume that I fully understand a situation until I investigate fully.
- I will focus on results, not methods.
- Semper Gumby (Always flexible)
- Never be alone with a woman in what would appear a compromising position.
- Honor God, first.
This week’s challenge: Consider where temptation must come from and write out a personal code that you will live with and apply in your life. Write them out and then work to integrate them into your life.