Daily Devotions

New Leadership: Confident Humility

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The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)

It is amazing how leadership has changed in the more than 30 years I have been a minister. Even when I was in my third call, in Waterloo, Iowa, I had different individuals saying I needed to be more authoritative and commanding in order to have a successful pastorate. I didn’t believe that then, and I am happy that this type of leadership is going the way of the dodo bird.

We are moving into a new phase of leadership that some term “Confident Humility.” Bobby Powers in his article, “The Secret to Successful Leadership: Confident Humility,” does a great job of defining the new direction of leadership. Powers points out, “Confident people know what they know and they know what they don’t know. When they speak, they do so boldly and clearly because they are speaking from experience and understanding.” He continues, “Humble people admit they don’t know everything, and they take accountability for their own mistakes. They seek to understand others, ask questions to learn from others, and listen closely to the answers to those questions.” Bringing these two attitudes together creates a holistic person who is authentic and one who doesn’t have to fake it.

Confident people do not have to know everything. Confident people are the ones who can easily defer and trust without fear of being somehow diminished. This gives others the chance to thrive and for you, the leader to nurture others in their leadership. Leadership shouldn’t be a monopoly. Whether in a business or a Church, more healthy leadership can only benefit the institution.

Today, think about the leadership in your Church, your work, and in your personal life. Evaluate the leaders in your midst. Where are their weaknesses and where is there humility? When has a leader deferred without defensiveness? What is your leadership style? Leaders are not all CEOs. We lead in our home; we even lead in our example. Pray that God will guide you to be a Confident, Humble leader.

Who Knew a Schwarzenegger Movie Could Be Prophetic?

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All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The Christian Lous Lange quote is so true, “Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” Just because the tech industry can create, doesn’t mean they should. I continue to be deeply concerned about who is asking the question, “should we?” I would like to share some examples of technology we use, or soon will, and its implications.

Drones for military use concerns me. Yes, our military is able to perform the act of war, with many less American lives being lost, but when one side of a war can kill without being present to experience the horror of killing, brutality too easily becomes sanitized, and hence, common place. Scarlett Rose, in her article, “5 Horrifying Emerging Technology Trends that will Shake You!,” points out the reality of “Lethal Autonomous Robots.” She says, “Yes, I am talking about real-life autonomous terminators! Do you know that over 5 countries are already working on developing autonomous robots with the intent of using them for combat?” Again, when killing happens without human hands, it is easier to murder and destroy others without the necessity of facing the horror. This causes us to dehumanize the other far too easily.

Privacy is under constant threat of becoming as antiquated as the 8-Track Tape Deck. Smart Home Devices are already spying on us. Amazon listens to us through Alexa, waiting to respond. Hackers are getting into our home cameras. The very thing we are using for protection is making us vulnerable. Rose reminds us, “These spying home devices collect your routine information such as your viewing history on video streaming platforms, your home address, what route do you take to get home, and also, what time do you generally come back home. Phewww! That is not cool.”

Rose continues by warning us about “AI Cloning,” “Racial Recognition for Surveillance,” and “Smart Dust Technology.” Rose confirms, “Technology is meant to make life simple, but it is imperative to make sure that these technologies are used only for good. The dangerous misuse of technology needs to stop, and it needs to stop now!” What Scarlett Rose needs to address is who is going to stop it? Not the tech industry. Not the finger pointing politicians. The religious communities need to unite and speak as one on issues of ethics and human value. Today, pray for this necessary cause, before we are spied on by terminators!

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