Scripture Passage: Matthew 16:13-18
Good Leaders Describe Their People Not as They Are but As They Can Be
Peter was the disciple who denied Jesus in front of a little girl. He was what you would call lily livered and unstable, but this is not what Jesus called him. Jesus said to Peter, “thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Jesus chose to call Peter a rock and although Peter was nothing like a rock initially, he eventually became a rock-solid follower of Jesus. Jesus knew that the words of a king carry power for performance.
The lesson here is this; Good leaders describe their people not as they are but as they can be. They understand that with their mouths they can shape their team and team members. Therefore, they are mindful of what they say. They do not talk down their followers. When they open their mouths, their words build up, they do not tear down. What are you saying about those you lead? Remember, you shall have whatsoever you say.
Prayer: Father, help me to choose my words carefully when speaking about those I lead.