Pour Into Your People
When you're a leader, it's so easy to focus on what needs to be done. You're always thinking about next Sunday or the next big project. If you're in business, you're thinking about our next product launch or our next campaign. You're always thinking about what's next and what you have to do. Then we look at our people, whether it's your volunteers or your employees, and we think, "how can I use my volunteers to help us get this done?" We're constantly thinking about the service, the service, the service, whatever that service is. Here's a thought that I want to give you today, and I want you to think about this: what would happen if instead of focusing on service, if we focused on the servant? It is so easy to forget the servant because of how we're wired. As leaders we think about what all we have to do, the hustle and grind, and getting this and that done.
We try to recruit people to serve, and we don't focus on the servants themselves. I want you to think about your relationships with your people and with your team. Are you pouring into those people? Are you pouring more into them than you are attempting to pull out of them? We need our teams. We need people to show up. We need people to do their thing. But how much effort are we as leaders putting into that team? Now, the beautiful thing is that it's so easy to do, but it's not always simple. Especially in this digital world we live in because we have so many ways to connect and pour into our team. While face to face is always the best, we always have texts and social media. We have all these digital ways that we can connect with people. We can pour into them, add value to their life, help them, pray over them, thank them, and speak kind words.
But if I am not intentional about it, if I don't slow down and really make an effort, I will be so focused on the service and what needs to be done and unintentionally neglect the servants. So remember leaders, that first and foremost, your greatest asset is your team. How much time are you putting into your team? Are you putting more time into your team then you are trying to get out of them? It's a good challenge for all of us.
Here's the one thing I want you to focus on today. You could call it the one frog I want you to eat. Mark Twain said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the day, everything else is going to get easier the rest of the day. So here's the frog I want you to eat today. This is a difficult thing to wrestle with, but I really want you to wrestle with it. It may be the most important thing that you wrestle with all day and that is this: how well am I doing speaking into the lives of my leaders? How well am I doing focusing on my servants? When's the last time I prayed for them? When's the last time I encouraged them? When's the last time I thanked them? When's the last time I trained them? When's the last time I resourced them? Don't overthink it. It doesn't have to be complicated. It doesn't have to turn into a big event. It can start as simple as a text message, a phone call, or a Facebook message. It will go a long way and make a big, big difference for you and those you serve.
Your #1 fan,