Maybe You're Not Being Blessed Because Your Motives Are Wrong
Friday, June 15, 2018 1:09 PM

Maybe You're Not Being Blessed Because Your Motives Are Wrong

Friday, June 15, 2018 1:09 PM
Friday, June 15, 2018 1:09 PM

The major difference between leaders (natural leaders) and godly leaders (servant leaders) is one word - motivation.

God keeps blessing the work of godly leaders in inexplicable ways. But natural leadership runs a short course. The memory of them is short though while in their position they were a bag of chips and a cold Coke.

What separates the two? Motivation. What is your motive for wanting to lead? People are impressed by a resume, God the heart. And those elevated by God won't even be able to tell you how they got the position, other than by His grace.

Pay attention to others, more importantly to you. What motivates you? Money? Prestige? Notoriety? May I tell you something? I have seen them all, been there myself. These three things - money, prestige and notoriety are fleeting. They don't last and if these are your motivations, neither will you.

Leaders that last and leave lasting impressions are those whose motivation is to please God and serve others. That's it. Successful Leadership 101 for Christ followers - motivations that God blesses

  1. to please Him in all we do
  2. to love and serve others

Proud people can't do this. That's why they can scheme and plan against you all they want. But in the end, God blesses Esthers and Davids - not Jezebels and Hamans.

Delay, Doubt and Double-Mindedness
Monday, June 4, 2018 1:59 PM

Delay, Doubt and Double-Mindedness

Monday, June 4, 2018 1:59 PM
Monday, June 4, 2018 1:59 PM

The moment you make up your mind to obey God - depending upon the assignment, either the Adversary himself is going to come after you; or, he will assign demons to come after you. Not to stop you, but to delay you.

The longer we delay, the stronger doubt grows. Delay increases doubt and decreases courage. Delay, fueled by procrastination is one of the Enemy's favorite strategies to prevent us from fulfilling our purpose, reaching our goals and experiencing what God calls "good success."

If we keep doubting we never will step out of the shadows and into the light of our purpose. We, instead, will be stuck in the darkness of the tension between "should I or shouldn't I?" 

Asking everybody but God who alone knows the answer. Double-mindedness.

James writes, "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."  James 1:5-8.

The Prophet Elijah asked the people of Israel a very poignant question in 1 Kings 18:21, "how long will you hesitate between two opinions?"

When I founded Christians in Public Service, Inc., I was in my last semester of seminary. I knew God had put on my heart to do it, though the details were not at all clear.

I wrote down notes as I believed I was being directed by the Holy Spirit and carried around that one sheet of worn paper for weeks.

I would from time-to-time share it with various professors and classmates, asking their opinions. But despite sensing God's leading, I nonetheless for the most part, kept that sheet of paper tucked neatly inside my notebook.

Had I not gotten the courage to take that first step, you wouldn't be reading this today as this organization would not exist.

What I learned was this. God often will not make clear the details until we act on the details he does give us. The details become clearer with each step. But if we never walk it out, God will never work it out. Faith is key. And doubt is the antithesis of faith.

Jesus told his disciples that we have an Adversary (the devil). He is a thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).

How did Satan cause the fall of Adam and Eve and through their actions, the fall of the entire world?

By planting in Eve's mind a seed of doubt. And he will do the same to you and me. It is his modus operandi with the goal always the same -  to steal, kill or destroy.

He stole Adam's authority. He killed their unfettered fellowship with God and he destroyed their abilities to fully realize all they could have been, done and developed.

What is your excuse? Do you keep putting off something you know God has put on your heart to do? Do you go back and forth determined to get after it full blast one day, only to find yourself doubting or fearful the next day that you can do it?

If Satan can get us to doubt long enough, he knows we either will disobey God and do what we want to; or, do not nothing at all. Either way, he wins and we lose.

Many of us right now are living with the consequences of these actions - bouncing around with no real sense of purpose, direction or with an empty sense of urgency to do something, we just don't know what anymore.

Delay, doubt and double-mindedness will kill your purpose and thus your future.

What are you putting off doing? What are you double-minded about? Are you doubting God's leading? What is holding you back?  No money? No blueprint? No help? I've been there and these are merely excuses.

Trust me on this one - don't believe the lie that if you take one step, God will take two.  Not true.

What I can promise you is this - where God guides, He is obligated to provide, and He will.

You have to be laser-focused, have faith in God; not yourself, but in Him as you take the first step. Looking neither to the right nor left and certainly not behind.

If you are in a place of doubt and are delaying stepping out, promising yourself you will do "it" tomorrow. Do right now what is within your power to do. Don't think about the what ifs, but the what now.

Do what you can right now and watch how much easier it is to take the next step. Then the next, Then the next... 


Dorothy is a popular writer and speaker, speaking to faith and non-faith based groups, organizations and local governments on servant leadership and current events impacting public policy and American culture - offering practical and biblical solutions to common leadership challenges uncommon in 21st century public space.

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What's Clever Today Could Be A Career-Killer Tomorrow
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:42 AM

What's Clever Today Could Be A Career-Killer Tomorrow

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:42 AM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 7:42 AM

“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:37

Even before White House staffer Kelly Sadler made the now infamous "he's dying anyway" comment in reference to Senator John McCain, there was three years prior another staffer described in one media account as an “unknown staffer working for a low-profile Congressman.”

What she wrote however, made her famous overnight. But not in a way wanted or planned. She posted a tweet criticizing President Obama's then teen-aged daughters.

Her rant became all the rage as her post went viral in a politically-charged atmosphere on a steroidal 24/7 news cycle.

Forced to apologize, she later was forced out of her job - never to be heard of again.

Many today question the relevance of the Bible, even relegating it to an archaic book with little to no connection with 21st century realities. Wrong!

Truth has no shelf life and what was true in Jesus’ day in relation to our words is true today – even more given instantaneous communication.  Once we press “Enter,”  “Send,”  "Publish" or “Post,” we no longer own our message.

For those working and serving beneath the glaring scrutiny of an often unforgiving, and angry public; what you and I post, if not carefully thought out, could come back with a ferocious bite and high price tag.

As a public servant leader before posting ANYTHING, take into consideration the following five things:

  1. Never post anything today that will shame you tomorrow. If you would be ashamed if it were flashed on local or national news, shared a million times on social media; or, privately made known to your worst enemy, don’t post it.

  2. Don’t be so trusting. As a public person you can count on having two things – private enemies and fake friends. People will turn on you in a heartbeat and what today may be a comical post shared between “friends,” could tomorrow be used against you to deep-six your career. In fact, count on it.

  3. Never, ever post when ANGRY! Benjamin Franklin said it best, “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” No truer words have been spoken.

  4. Don’t bother to RSVP. Always resist the temptation to post anything Racial, Sexual, Vile or Profane. These are guaranteed to be used against you and count on them coming back to damage not only your career, but worse, your character.

  5. Lastly, most importantly, ask the question, “Do my words portray who I say I am in Christ?” This is what it all boils down to – for you and for me. As public servant leaders of faith every post on social media, email, text and every word in conversation is a portrayal of who we are. If what we write or say doesn’t speak well of Christ, guess what? It won’t speak well of us.

Do the words you speak and write accurately reflect who you are? 

How might you communicate differently if you knew Jesus were listening or reading your posts?

There is no anonymity with God. He sees and hears all. Honor Him today with your words.


Dorothy Burton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Christians in Public Service, Inc. and the author of the book, Why We Fall.

She is a popular writer and speaker, speaking to faith and non-faith based groups, organizations and local governments on servant leadership and current events impacting public policy and American culture - offering practical and biblical solutions to common leadership challenges uncommon in 21st century public space.

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When They Envy Your Success
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:12 PM

When They Envy Your Success

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:12 PM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:12 PM

And David had success in all his undertakings, for the LORD was with him. And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him. But all of Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came in before them.   1 Samuel 18:14-16

After every public victory there will be private envy.

Don’t think for one moment that just because you’re the head, the tail will wag when you win. It won’t. They won’t.

David did the job Saul as King was too afraid to do – go after Goliath. After slaying Goliath, David led the charge against the opposing army.

It isn't that David tried to make Saul look bad. He didn’t. He saw a job that needed to be done.

Saul and his men, though empowered and positioned by God, were too afraid to act on behalf of God and the people of Israel. David wasn't. The people loved him for it. Saul envied and increasingly hated him not only for the victory over Goliath, but because of David's ensuing victories, popularity, character and charisma.

All of which, David readily acknowledged were because of God. Saul even envied the favor of God upon David.

Where Saul and his men saw enormous opposition, David saw enormous opportunity.

David trusted God and didn't seek or wait for anyone's approval.

God rewarded him with an amazing and legendary victory. And God kept rewarding him.

The more God rewarded David, the more envious and angry Saul became.

While colleagues, peers and others may envy your success, don't focus on them. Focus on God, those whom you serve and upon whose behalf you work. 

Though they may not have the platform, position or influence as others, they will have your back. And when time comes, will put in sweat equity for you.

If David had allowed Saul’s jealousy, envy and plots to deter him, he never would have become king.

As a public servant leader, there always will be someone out to get you – especially when you win. If you let that stop you, you will never reach your full and God-ordained purpose.

There will always be someone who is envious and will stir up others to bring false charges against you, slander you, ruin your name and reputation; and, do any and everything they can to bring you down.

How should you respond? As David responded. With a closed mouth and moving feet.

Keep moving forward in what God has given you to do and trust Him for increase and victory.

God in turn will keep on blessing you and there won’t be a thing those that envy you can do; but as Saul and his men did, have a ringside seat and watch!


Dorothy Burton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Christians in Public Service, Inc. and the author of the book, Why We Fall.

She is a popular writer and speaker, speaking to faith and non-faith based groups, organizations and local governments on servant leadership and current events impacting public policy and American culture - offering practical and biblical solutions to common leadership challenges uncommon in 21st century public space.

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It's a Waste of Time Arguing with a Fool
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:12 PM

It's a Waste of Time Arguing with a Fool

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:12 PM
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:12 PM

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him. Proverbs 26:4

Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t let small people sweat you.

The need to be right. The need to have the last word. The unhealthy desire to quibble, squabble and bluster, point to deep-seated fear and believe it or not lack of confidence and depth.

Though on the outside these kinds of people appear to be anything but lacking confidence. Often appearing as the most confident person in the room. They’re not. In fact, the opposite is true. People with the need to always be right, refusing to even hear differing views are fools. They are secure in what they believe they know and refuse to take the time to learn differently. They resent with a passion wise counsel.

It’s like the little guy who refuses to own any vehicle but a monster-sized pickup truck because though he is small, when he gets behind the wheel of that truck, he is king of the road. Small-minded people are the same.

Fools must make up for on the outside what they lack on the inside and they often cover shallowness with shouting. They portray outwardly what they are not inwardly and will argue with a stump to prove they measure up.

You will never win an argument with a fool. As a leader, whether it be with colleagues or constituents, watch closely for the unhealthy and unwarranted need to argue, bully or belittle. Steer clear of that person because you have come face-to-face with a fool.

Those who argue with a fool will themselves become a fool because only a fool will argue with a fool.

Do you feel the need to win every argument?

Have you ever stopped to think why?

Do you always have to have the last word?

Ask God to search your heart and reveal to you areas of vulnerability – areas of foolishness that are sure to one day incite an argument you can’t win and cost you more than you are willing to pay.


Dorothy Burton is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Christians in Public Service, Inc. and the author of the book, Why We Fall.

She is a popular writer and speaker, speaking to faith and non-faith based groups, organizations and local governments on servant leadership and current events impacting public policy and American culture - offering practical and biblical solutions to common leadership challenges uncommon in 21st century public space.

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