"…if it is to lead, do it diligently…." Romans 12:8, NIV
I distinctly remember a time in my life when I was reluctant to lead. I spent many years “throwing gutter balls” on purpose so that I would not be perceived as a leader. Then one day the Lord spoke to my heart quite clearly and bluntly. He said, “I have called you to be a leader. So, deal with it.” It might sound a bit strong, but that’s exactly what I needed to step up and be the leader God had called me to be – without apology or second-guessing myself.
Once I embraced what God had called me to be and do – God's divine grace kicked into gear and enabled me to see, think, create and strategize according to what He had called me to do.
What about you? Are you a leader? In many ways, every Christian is called to be a leader and influence others for Christ; while at the same time, God does uniquely call and equip specific individuals to stand in divinely appointed leadership roles. Has God called you to be a leader?
If so, He wants leaders to lead with diligence! Take another look at today’s Scripture in Romans 12. This passage describes some of the gifts the Lord gives to His children. Regarding those God-given gifts, the Lord tells us that if our gift is to lead, then we are to lead with diligence. Don't be reluctant – be diligent! To be diligent means to give careful and persistent work or effort. It is also synonymous with the idea of tenacity, rigor, dedication, commitment, meticulousness and more.
If you are called to be a leader – be diligent to sharpen your axe and increase your leadership knowledge, skills and abilities. Of course, Jesus was the best leader of all. Study Him and learn His ways and methods. Study other great leaders. Read books by proven Christian leaders. Ask questions. Learn. Do.
Just as the Lord spoke to me that one day, perhaps He is speaking to you today, “I’ve called you to be a leader. So, deal with it.” God didn’t make a mistake when He called you to lead. You can do it! Go ahead and lead with all diligence!
Say This: “Father, I accept Your call to be a leader. Help me to be effective as I lead with diligence with Jesus as my perfect example. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
I can't wait for you to start enjoying our blog, The Basics Daily Devo!
I know an exciting little secret...when you get the basics of God’s Word, your faith will be strengthened and you'll be equipped to unlock your God-given potential and live a life you feel good about: a life connected to God, a life where you belong and matter to those around you, a life that is full of joy and laughter and a successful life that allows you to makes a generous dent in eternity. This is a life worth living!
Every morning you'll receive a faith-filled shot in the arm to equip you with the basics you need to live the life you'll love!
Here's what you can expect each week:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: “The Basics with Beth” – Fresh, fun and empowering Bible basics to build your faith and impact your life in practical ways.
Tuesdays: “Tuesdays with Pastor Jeff” – Pastoral, practical devos on life, faith, marriage and family.
Thursdays: “Thursdays with the Kids” – Heartfelt, biblical and relevant devotionals from our four kids, son-in-law and daughter-in-law .
Here’s to fulfilling your God-given potential!
To get started in receiving this free devo, just sign up below.
ONE MORE THING - FREE GIFT!
WHEN YOU SUBSCRIBE YOU'LL RECEIVE INSTANT ACCESS TO THE PRIVATE "BASICS VIDEO VAULT"
Once you subscribe to The Basics Daily Devo, we'll send you a private link to our hidden Basics Video Vault full of 40+ videos clips. This link will give you exclusive access to these "oldie-but-goodie" videos which include basics Bible teaching, plus fun travel, family, behind-the-scenes, prank and blooper clips!
"…if it is to lead, do it diligently…." Romans 12:8, NIV
“If you eat a danish in America and you go swimming - you're going to drown.” - Dr. Scott Wilson
Good morning friends!
I’m excited to release a new basic interview podcast today featuring Dr. Scott Wilson! Dr. Scott is the founder and director of the Institute for Creativity, Leadership and Management in Denmark and the president of Eurolead.net. He is a well-known trainer and coach who travels the world speaking to churches about leadership and organizational development -- and has been to Valley Family Church several times to speak to our congregation, staff and volunteer leaders.
Dr. Scott is a super funny guy (as you’ll gather from the remark he shares above during our conversation on the differences between American danish (aka pastries) and a true Danish danish) and brings incredible wisdom on the basics of global church growth that he’s gained from years of experience traveling the world. I know you’ll enjoy hearing from this leader of leaders today!
To listen, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or find it on our website!
Do you want to love your life? I know I do!
The good news is that the Bible tells us exactly where to start in 1 Peter 3:10, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.”
This week on The Basics With Beth TV, join me as we talk about how to “retrain, refrain and restrain” your tongue so that you can live a life you love. That IS how this works. Check out this short 60 second video devo today to get you fired up about the power of your words!
You can catch the latest episode of The Basics With Beth TV TONIGHT on the Hillsong Channel at 9:00pm EST. It will also air on Saturday morning at 8:00am on the Hillsong Channel and at 10:00am on NRBTV. (Note all times are listed in Eastern Standard time zone).
For more info, check out www.thebasicswithbeth.com/television.
"It's better to be wise than strong; intelligence outranks muscle any day. Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel." Proverbs 24:6, The Message
We need your help!
The Bible says that there is wisdom in the multitude of counselors, “…to win, you need a lot of good counsel.” In other words, there are times when getting input, feedback and insights from your constituents, members, congregation, customers or partners is the wise thing to do. And today, I would love your feedback as we are in a season of launching several new initiatives for The Basics With Beth!
So, will you take 3 minutes to answer 10 questions?
We’d love to hear from yoU - Click here!
Our goal has been and continues to be to help you get the basics of God’s Word so that you can live a life you love -- and a life that impacts others. Our hope is that The Basics Daily Devo, along with our other basics resources and media, has added value to your life and has helped empower you to grow deep roots in your relationship with the Lord. Our desire is to be even more effective in the days to come and your response to our survey will be a huge help in that effort!
Thanks again for taking time today to give us your input!
"So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering." Romans 12:1, Message
God wants to take our ordinary lives—our sleeping, eating, going-to-work and walking-around lives—and transform us from the inside out. When we place our lives before the Lord and we renew our mind with His Word—He transforms us!
Let's read the rest of the passage: "So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you." Romans 12:1-2, Message
This passage gives us five clues:
1. Place your life before God.
2. Embrace what God is doing in your life.
3. Fix your attention on God.
4. Recognize what He wants.
5. Quickly respond.
When we do these things and follow the Lord’s leadership, He takes our ordinary lives and makes them extraordinary. He helps us become authentic, growing, loving, joyful, Spirit-led, mature, fruitful followers of Christ—conformed to His image and experiencing the abundant life!
Say This: “Father God, I give You my everyday, ordinary life—my sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life. I choose to embrace what You are doing in my life. I fix my attention on You. I am watching to recognize what You want. I will quickly respond. I thank You for transforming my life from the inside out. In Jesus' Name. Amen."