ACT 3 exists to “equip leaders for unity in Christ’s mission.” To be a leader, a real servant-leader, you have to think about what you intend to do and then have a clear purpose to do it. You also have to take some risks. Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” 

Portrait-photo-2012-1My friend Bob Shank, a trainer of business leaders, says, “Most security addicts think that it’s crazy to try something new. Einstein would say that it’s crazy not to try something new,

[especially] if the results you are realizing from what you’re already doing aren’t enough to be satisfying and fulfilling!” Amen!

The prophet Isaiah said: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland…” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

What is your strategy for 2012? How do you plan to make a difference in your family, job and community?  How will your church be stronger, more Christ-like, this year because you’ve been there? The danger is that you will adopt a personal default strategy for 2012, which is to do 2011 all over again. Right now you can determine to make a real difference in this new year but you have to be decisive and proactive. You cannot drift and hope for the best. 

Bob Shank says, “Leadership is measured by initiative, which is the power or opportunity to take charge or action before others do.” The key is clear adds Shank. Your life next December will give evidence of the initiatives exercised by you during 2012. What new initiatives are you considering for this year of new opportunity?


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  1. Greg Metzger January 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

    John, this really speaks to me and what I have been thinking through in recent weeks. I am trying to be very proactive with my plans for this year and the DC cohort is at the forefront of those plans. Can’t wait to talk with you again about this. Peace.

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