Leaders cannot perform well if they fail to see the gold inside them. Good leaders take personal inventory of their God-given gifts. This shapes their self-image and, consequently, their results.
...The bottom line? Sometimes gold is disguised as garbage. Our influence depends on finding the gold inside.
Reprinted by permission from Growing Leaders
Psalm 139: 13-15 tells us:
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
We know that God made each of us. In light of this, students were encouraged to take a personal inventory of their strengths, passions, and weaknesses. Using this, students could reach their true potential and become the person, the leader, that God created them to be.
By noticing the gold that God had placed inside each student and acting on those strengths, each student can become the leader that God wants them to be. Every student has been placed in a natural zone of influence, whether they are a habitual leader or situational leader, and God needs them to lead.
Our elementary students put this habitude in action this month. After elementary chapel, students made Valentines for the residents of the Dogwood Forest Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility. Not only did the students make Valentines to give the residents, they also made cards for the residents to give one another so that no one would be left out!
“What a joy it was to see our students making Valentines to share with our sweet friends at Dogwood Forest. Our students are learning to live from the "inside out" and our focus for February is one of the greatest attributes, love,” said Alison Luke, dean of student life.
The students themselves, though, summed it up best:
“They will feel like they are special.”
Owen Dichiara, 2
“It will make them happy to know that someone cares for them.”
Bella Holbrook, 4
“It will make them happy and remind them of when they were young.”
Bella Marquez, 3
“They will feel good.”
Ben Ostell, 2
“It will fill them with joy.”
Adam White, 2
“It will make a good change in the world.”
Luke Baker, 2
“They will feel like they can do anything and aren’t like anyone else.”
Claire Witt, 5
“They will feel happy and not alone.
Jonah Kalafut, 5
“They will feel like someone appreciates them even though they have never met them.”
Blythe Speer, 5
“They’ll think not everyone is so bad.”
Andri Bekker, 6
“They'll feel happy and loved.”
Carson Pitzer, 6
BIBLE VERSESPsalm 139:13-15
2 Corinthians 5:17-18