We would all agree that this messed up world has serious problems. We are reminded of these problems in this season of elections more than ever. It seems as though every candidate, for any post says the same thing: “We have serious problems, and we need serious leadership.” Let me offer my thoughts on that phrase – ShutUp!
We have serious problems, yes, but we don’t need more serious leadership to solve them. We need men and women who have a rock-solid conviction of what is right, wrong, holy and evil.
It’s been said that leadership is at its core, influence. While that statement will get you a lot of retweets and amens from both sides of the aisle, it’s hardly complete or even entirely accurate. Based on that definition alone, Adolf Hitler, Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, and Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti were outstanding leaders as their influence lead to millions of death and horrific crimes against humanity.
How about we drop the one-liners about what this world needs to solve its problems. And how about recognizing that we don’t need another great influencer. We need men and women that are called out to be godly leaders. The older I grow and the longer I lead, the more I am convinced that all of life is a matter of the heart.
Yes, we have serious problems, which means that we need a serious heart change. If you are anything like me, I find it much easier to tell someone else what they need to change. But if any of us want to make this world a better place, the serious change must start in our own heart.
Where do you launch a heart change? Well, thanks for asking. Here you go:
- Before we can really begin to discuss the importance of a changed heart, we have to understand some things first. The Scriptures refer to the heart as the seat of intellect, the conscience, the emotions, and the will of the individual. It is the totality of our life.
- Before we can ever change our heart, we have to understand the value of a heart that has been changed. Because The Heart Reflects the Real You
You can tell a lot about a person if we were to look into their heart. Right or wrong we make certain judgments about people’s character and life based on what we see. I realize that I can be wrong in my judgments. I realize that people can fool me. I realize that there may be some I see as people of great character and integrity, but they really may not be. However, if I was to have a glimpse into their heart it would reveal who they really are. The heart would tell no lies. The heart is a reflection of who you are.
As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. –Proverbs 27:19
I believe that the heart of the problem is the problem with our heart. Some of us need a little stint, some a bypass, some a hit from the defibrillator, and some a transplant, but we all could use a good bit of work on the problem of our heart.