December 4, 2015

Respectable Leaders

Written by Boyd Bailey

Respectable Leaders 12.4

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 4, 2015 

Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 1 Timothy 3:2–3

Respectability invites respect. You may say, “I cannot get any respect.” If so, on what do you base your expectations? Is it your charm, charisma, or ability to converse well? None of these mean you are respectable; in fact, they can repel respect and garner disrespect. Your skills and gifts require character to garner the admiration of others.

Respect is earned, not demanded. It is sustained by influence, not position. Presidents, preachers, and parents are given respect for their position, but if they consistently underperform or lack integrity, respect is lost. It is not a right of the irresponsible but a privilege of the dependable. Respectable leaders get right results in the right way.

Respectable leaders also rise to the occasion and do the right things. They persevere and provide stability instead of panicking and creating chaos. They take responsibility by espousing the values of the organization, not by gossiping and blaming others. There is a depth of character that runs deep within their souls, not to be stolen by sin.

Lastly, respectable leaders are well thought of when their track record is one of trustworthiness, honesty, and follow through. However, the goal is not for people to like you. They may not like you when you lovingly hold them accountable, but they will respect you. They may not like your discipline, but they will respect your consistency. They may not embrace your beliefs, but if expressed in humility they will respect you. Perhaps you ask, “Am I respectable?” If so, you can expect respect.

Prayer: What area of my character needs growth and transformation so as to solicit respect?

The Bible says, “A sensible person wins admiration, but a warped mind is despised” (Proverbs 12:8 nlt).

Related Readings: Exodus 18:21; Proverbs 15:27; John 10:12–13; Romans 16:18

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  1. Lucy says:

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  2. KimberlyMac says:

    Thank you. So True! Respect and demanding are two words that are not compatible, they cancel each other out by one always trumping the other. There is not a common ground between respect and demanding. I have always felt that respect flows the best on a two way street.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Kimberly,
      Thank you for your discerning comments regarding respect and demanding. You are so right when you said “I have always felt that respect flows best on a two way street”.
      I found it reassuring to read Boyd’s comments about respectable leaders. “Respectable leaders also rise to the occasion and do the right thing. They persevere and provide stability instead of panicking and creating chaos……There is a depth of character that runs deep within their souls, not to be stolen by sin.” Amen and Amen. This is a great reminder, especially in today’s political climate.
      Kimberly, as always, we are grateful for your comments and look forward to hearing from you again.
      In this season of celebration of our Lord and Savior, we rejoice in HIM!!!
      Merry Christmas,
      “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Don not be afraid, I bring you news of great joy that will be for all people.”
      Luke 2:8-10

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