In any office we hold, whether school board trustee, city councilmember, mayor, county commissioner, County Judge, state rep, Senator, Congressperson, or even President of the United States, history will record our name and these two facts, "preceded by and succeeded by."
No matter the office, no matter how long we serve or how well we serve, the glory one day will fade. And only when our plans and purpose align with God’s plans and purpose will we have been counted a success. Five things every public servant leader should know before the glory fades.
How many times have you had to cry out to God, -- "Lord, help me just one more time... God, do it again!" I have.
When most people hear or think of Samson, it’s always in the vein of Samson and Delilah and many know the story, of the deceptive Delilah and how she tricked Samson and had has hair cut – many believe, the source of his incredible strength.
His hair wasn’t the source of his strength, but symbolic of supernatural strength that could come only from God.
While Delilah certainly played a strategic role in Samson’s life aborting or so widely thought, aborting Samson’s leadership role as Judge over Israel, her role was cast by God to bring about his divine will.
The devil is even God’s devil and every one of us are born and purposed by God to play a part in His kingdom’s unfolding story on earth.
Samson was the most feared leader of his generation and physical strength-wise, unmatched in any generation to this day.
The life and leadership of Samson is a beautiful word picture not of a deceptive lover, but of an awesome and covenant-keeping God; making and keeping an incredible covenant with what would be an incredibly brash and compulsive leader who, did not keep His part of the covenant, yet God kept his -- even until the end of Samson’s life.
Let’s learn from the leadership and life of this unique leader from the book of Judges. You will be surprised.
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