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No Need to Downplay Your Leadership

God calls us to both humility and confidence.
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Pray about our motivation.

When I feel either false humility or pride sneaking in, I know I have to check my prayers. I need to fall before God and beg his intervention in my motivation. I know anything I write, preach, or do will be nothing if it comes from a heart that wants my own glory instead of God’s. I will beg God to make me want to write words that help others and glorify him. I dare not rise from that posture until I feel assured that whatever I do with the talent he has given me to craft words will be focused on blessing God and other people.

Take a risk.

The only way to overcome this is to get out there and take the risks God is calling you to. Fail. Fall on your face. And realize the world did not end. Succeed. Look at a new horizon with terrifying claims on your time and abilities. And dive into it. The world still will not end. As Tim Keller has said, "The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time.”

Jill M. Richardson is a writer, speaker, and pastor. Her mission is to empower the next generation of Christ followers, working together to unleash their calling to transform God’s kingdom.

January04, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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