SOME KEY TRAITS OF THE LEADERS WE NEED IN OUR NATION The book of Judges Chapter nine reveals some negative traits of a king in Israel known as Abimelech. However, these same scriptures also help us ENVISION the kind of leaders we should have. Here are some positive traits we should expect in our leaders:- [1.] Leaders whose main support base is not from their tribesmen. They have values and qualities which give them UNIVERSAL SUPPORT from every part of our country. Judges 9:1-3 – (NLT) – One day Gideon’s[a] son Abimelech went to Shechem to visit his uncles—his mother’s brothers. He said to them and to the rest of his mother’s family, “Ask the leading citizens of Shechem whether they want to be ruled by all seventy of Gideon’s sons or by one man. And REMEMBER THAT I AM YOUR OWN FLESH AND BLOOD!” So Abimelech’s uncles gave his message to all the citizens of Shechem on his behalf. And after listening to this proposal, THE PEOPLE OF SHECHEM DECIDED IN FAVOR OF ABIMELECH BECAUSE HE WAS THEIR RELATIVE. [2.] Leaders who don’t buy support but they ATTRACT support. Leaders whose key advisors and followers are not hired worthless and reckless people. Judges 9:4 – So they gave him seventy shekels of silver from the temple of Baal-Berith, with which Abimelech HIRED WORTHLESS and RECKLESS MEN; and they followed him. [3.] Leaders who are elected in TRUTH and SINCERITY. Judges 9:16 – “Now therefore, if you have ACTED IN TRUTH and SINCERITY in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have done to him as he deserves… [4.] Leaders who are qualified and COMPETENT. Judges 9:7-15, is an analogy about the hierarchy of trees. According to the analogy, the Cedars of Lebanon are the most senior in rank and the thorn trees are the least in rank among trees. Also from the analogy we learn that “qualified and productive trees” shy away from positions of authority which creates a vacuum that is filled by thorn trees. Also, thorn trees use violence as a strategy of ascending to positions of authority and they love to attack cedars trees. Judges 9:14-15 – [This is after some trees invited to lead declined] “Then all the trees said to the bramble [thorn], ‘You come and reign over us!’ And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in truth you anoint me as king over you, Then come and take shelter in my shade; But if not, LET FIRE COME OUT OF THE BRAMBLE And devour the cedars of Lebanon!’ Decree: In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we decree that “the cedars of Lebanon” [God ordained leaders] have the courage and confidence to step out of their comfort zones and accept the call to leadership in our Nation. Amen.
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I have been asked several times why I choose writing poetry and motivating people. Well, my answer is simple: If you find yourself in my side of life, you'll definitely be grateful about the simple things life offers. You'll come to understand that every single day is an opportunity, and a reason to be grateful. I love what I do not because I generate a flow of income from it, but because in what I do, I can define my life and at the same time give meaning to someone elses life. As a poet my perception to life and the things that happen around me is quite endearing. I see life from the angle of possibilities. "Having overtime understood that drooling over situations never change the results, I choose to be optimistic at all levels and sphere of life." Born into a humble background, where my Destiny helper took the pains of seeing me through school as his last born and integrate me into his blissful family. gave me quite the necessary lessons I needed to become the man I have grown to be. Life is simply amazing when you see situations as a class and a needed lesson. I am simply an observer, I try my best to sketch out my tomorrow from my today's views. As a motivator, I see every experiences as a needed tool to help my friends, acquaintance and the entire society towards making the right choices. When you appreciate the person you have become, you can easily define your life's journey from where you came from, having a clear vision and understanding of your desired destination. Self-discovery means many things. It means finding your purpose in life (we all have a purpose), it means digging deep into your childhood and revealing the experiences that shaped you... good and bad. It means realizing what your beliefs are and living by them. The effects of self-discovery include happiness, fulfillment, clarity and maybe even enlightenment! The journey however is not always an easy road. The journey includes fear, confusion, misunderstanding, doubt and literally re-visiting all your choices in life. I like to refer to it as reshuffling of the mind, your emotions and your surroundings (including the people in your life). It requires making some tough decisions and sticking to them. My journey so far has seen me cut people out of my life. I call them the “takers.” They were takers because I allowed them to be and it wasn’t until I realized that many of these relationships were one-sided — self- discovery — that I decided to cut them out. It has also seen me completely change the course of my life and start to follow my true passion and purpose (poetry and motivation). I have also started to set intentions and no longer have expectations from others — okay... this one is really hard for me and it’s a work in progress — but instead I have started to look within for answers. I’ve had several set backs along the way and I have no doubt I will have many more but, I’m not giving up. What I know for sure is that the journey is worth taking. I am slowly becoming my true self, more aware and more tolerant. I am learning how to pay attention to my feelings and understand myself better. What I know for sure is that I have had several unrealistic expectations, which have set up for disappointment. Apparently because I lie to myself. Why do we do this? Why do we lie to ourselves? And more importantly, why do we allow ourselves to get away with it? When someone else lies to me and I find out about it I freak out. “How dare he lie to me? Does she think I’m stupid?” but, we lie to ourselves profusely and even cover up our own lies by accepting them as truth in order to reassure ourselves that it’s okay!!! What I know for sure is that being true to my feelings and accepting the poet and motivator in me and also acknowledging him as well as validating him has released so much fear in me. It has released my fear of not being good enough as well as my fear of not living up to the expectations I set for myself. What I know for sure is that we are usually our own worst enemy. We hold ourselves back in so many ways and accepting who I am, helps me move away from that pattern. The freedom you will feel within yourself starts when you accept the person you are or have become without being bias. However, the universe will give you back in rewards when your passion and obsession for who you are and what you believe in supercedes the challenges and discouragement that comes from your distrators. View all posts by boazolaosebikan