Daily D – Luke 6:31
Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them. LUKE 6:31 (CSB)
One of my favorite leadership books is The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney and Sean Covey. To get the results you want, they say, take the right lead measures. I think of this idea when I read the Golden Rule. The Message paraphrase of this verse puts it this way:
Jesus then makes it clear that you are to do this, to be nice, to everybody (verses 32-35). Then he gives us the reason why: “Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful,” (verse 36).
Today is a good day to practice this rule of life. In every situation, with every person, treat other persons the way you want them to treat you. Be nice to everybody. Taking the right lead measures almost always leads to desirable results. Sometimes those results are immediate. Sometimes they take a little longer.
Let’s be honest. Some people are jerks. They are mean. They are unkind. Jesus says we are to lead with love even when we encounter such unlovely and seemingly unlovable people. Some people would poke you in the eye if you gave them a million dollars. How do we relate to people who disprove the whole idea of taking the right lead measures in search of right outcomes?
There are already enough jerks in the world. You do not have to increase their ranks. Be nice even when, especially when, others treat you with disrespect. Truth bomb: You will never have to be more merciful to anyone than God has been merciful to you.
You are godly when you are merciful.
Godliness shows up in taking the right lead measures, treating others the way we want to be treated, and in the right response when things do not go as planned, when we are merciful.
Do the right thing first time, every time. Be merciful when things do not work out the way you intended.
I will take the right lead actions.
Our Father, empower me to treat others with the kindness, concern, and compassion I want for myself. Make me ever more merciful to those who do not treat me the right way. Give me next-level mercy for those people because they need it as much as I do. Thank you for your mercy which has chosen not to rub me out, but to fill me full of meaning and purpose and increasing measures of grace. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.