Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 276

Scripture Passage: Nehemiah 1:1-11; 2:1-11
Leaders Make Sacrifices for the Betterment of Others
Although Nehemiah was a captive in a foreign land, he lived in what can be described as great comfort. He was the king’s cup-bearer and one who enjoyed favour with the king so that when he was sad, the king was concerned and wanted to know what the matter was. However, Nehemiah left the comfort of the king’s palace and returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the broken walls. He left the known for the unknown. This was a great personal sacrifice.
The lesson here is this; leaders make sacrifices for the betterment of others. Leaders look past themselves and their needs to see and meet the needs of others. Leaders desire to add value to others and sometimes this requires personal sacrifices. True leaders understand that the way up is to occasionally give up. Giving up the comfort of the palace took Nehemiah from a cup bearer to a leader.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to give up that I may go up.

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