But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand. Isaiah 32:8
This is the eleventh in a series of posts in a book I am reading on my Philippines trip. It contains leadership insights from the most victorious team in sports history (winning percentage = 86% as of the writing of the book): The All Blacks, The New Zealand National Rugby Union Team.
“There’s an old story about J.P. Morgan, the banker and philanthropist, who was shown an envelope containing a ‘guaranteed formula for success’.
He agreed that if he liked the advice written inside he would pay $25,000 for its contents. Morgan opened the envelope, nodded, and paid. The advice?
1. Every morning write a list of the things that need to be done that day.
2. Do them.”
J.P. Morgan story as quoted by James Kerr in Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About The Business of Life (London: Constable, 2013) 129.
With my GTP staff, we are mapping out our faithful activities in planning documents and then going after them. As a team leader I find it’s the only way to get the work done that God wants us to do.
If there is such a thing as a guaranteed formula for life and generosity I think it would go something like this: “We must be faithful and do what God made us to do, if we want to be fruitful.”
I found it interesting that today’s Scripture, is also translated in the NLT as follows: “But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity.”
Today Jenni and I are flying home from Manila via Tokyo. On these long flights I generally get some sleep and when I am awake, I turn my attention to spending time with God and discerning with Him the next work to do.
I would encourage you to live, give, serve, and love with a similar sense of focus. Get the rest you need then spend time with God and make a list of the work to do and deploy all you are and all you have.
Focus on being faithful and doing faithfully and the fruit will take care of itself.Read more