As a steward of God’s leadership calling in our lives, I encourage you to continually pursue the dreams and visions God has given you. Like in the movie ‘field of dreams’, if you build it, they will come. The only difference is that we are ultimately not the one building it, God is. In 1 Peter 4:10, Peter encourages us to be good stewards and use the talents and gifts we have been given by God in serving others. For us as CEOs, business owners, and leaders, consider that this includes our abilities to lead in business and in the marketplace. Our business and leadership roles are wonderful and amazing resources. With this concept in mind, we have the opportunity to care for and point others towards Christ through them. In the Field of Dreams movie, the owner made many sacrifices and fought hard for the dreams he was inspired to pursue. We have been called to the same leadership pursuit!
In the movie, the main character had to build the field before anyone could be positively impacted by it. He had to take the risk and the first steps toward that goal, even when others around him thought he was crazy. In the same light, God often asks us to take the first crazy step before He shows us the second step. Stepping out of the boat into the water, even when it seems like it is raging takes faith’. Taking steps of faith usually precedes seeing how things will play out. If we need to see it first, we may not have the level of faith in God necessary to maximize the opportunities He has given us to steward. As we lead, sometimes this means being willing to look crazy when inspired by God to move something forward. Especially if what we are doing does not make sense to those around us.
Being A Steward of the Dream
As a business owner and leader, there is no way around the fact that you ultimately are responsible for the dream God has given you to strive towards. This calling involves serving, looking after, taking care of, protecting, managing, growing, and leading within your business and team. We must do this all while first seeking the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 6:33) In doing so, we will give glory to God, experience less fear and put our faith in Him for the necessary things in our business . This mindset allows us to point others to God, the true owner, as we make decisions on His behalf.
This day in your leadership pursuit, consider the decisions and moves you are getting ready to make. Do they move your business and team in the direction of fulfilling your God-given vision? Reflect on who will be impacted by the decisions. Will they view the impacts as positive or negative, and lay out a pro-active plan for communicating to them respectively? In what specific ways do they move your vision forward in a healthy way? Take time to talk this through with other key leaders to ensure they are with you in this amazing chapter of your business journey. The leaders around you can add tremendous value to the idea and decision. Including them will also help gain their buy-in and keep everyone inspired to row in the same direction.
I encourage you to allow these stewardship perspectives to filter down through your business. Doing so can be freeing and liberating for you as the leader. As you continue to see more clearly this perspective, it will have the effect of releasing you to pursue all God has in store. It will allow you to see first-hand the impact He plans to have in the hearts and lives of those you will influence across your business and organization.
If you would like to go deeper on these subjects and ways to bring Glory to the Father, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.we-r-stewards.com