Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 17, 2017
Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds. Proverbs 27:23
We all have a “flock” we nurture and care for. Perhaps it’s your family that sees you as the shepherd to help move everyone in the right direction. You may find yourself the undesignated team leader at work where other team members respect your judgment and decision-making. Or, you have a small group of friends who default to your influence when faced with uncertainty. Wherever you find your flock, it’s wise to really know them.
Shepherding relationships takes a ton of time and discernment. Individuals are wired differently, so it’s important to know what motivates them. Introverts may need quality conversation and extroverts continual encouragement. The insecure need confidence and the secure need accountability. Take the time to understand the fears, hopes and dreams of those you serve. Your emotional intelligence grows when you dare to care.
“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them” (Psalm 72:78).
The temptation of leaders is to disconnect from their emotional intelligence. However, emotionally disengaged leaders miss half the leadership equation. The “science” of leadership is analysis and problem solving. The “art” of leadership is motivation and relational understanding. If you are just logical you can forget to love well by discerning what people are feeling. Facts travel down the tracks of feelings that result in action.
So begin with a personal emotional assessment. Use your own emotional understanding as a baseline for engaging others. Pray for others and you will begin to feel their pain and their pride of work. Emotionally mature leaders learn to ask many more questions and offer fewer answers. Understand your flock and then lead them to discover their needs. Do I take the time to be a student of those I serve? Do I connect with them on an emotional level?
“Live with your wives in an understanding way” (1 Peter 3:7 NASB).
PrayerHeavenly Father, give me compassion to engage another’s heart and discern their emotional needs.
ApplicationWho needs my presence and listening ear so they feel understood by me?
Related ReadingGenesis 33:13; Ezekiel 34:22-31; John 21:15-17; 1 Peter 5:2
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