John Gardner

Spiritual Leadership: Napping Through Life

The need for endless learning is difficult, sometimes profoundly painful.
But it is better than napping through life.
John Gardner

For the final sermon of the year...and as we stand on the brink of a brand new year, I have been reflecting on the theme of "being awakened" and living in the light. The ideas running around in my mind (okay, right now, they are more like drifting around in my mind) have to do with the sleepiness and drowsiness of our age. Lethargy and sluggishness are common.

Bright luminaries full of wisdom, passionate fiery commitment and stirring engagements with the things that matter most - when we find it (or her or him) it seems the exception.

Leaders Shaping the Future

WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING . . . Into the Future?

John Gardner quote, the future is shaped, emotionally intelligent leaders, vital optimism

The future is shaped my men and women
with a steady, even zestful confidence
that on balance their efforts will not have been in vain.
John Gardner

I used this thought from John Gardner in a recent lesson on the power of hope and vital optimism.  Leaders are those who have the privilege and responsibility of shaping the future, to a greater degree than others.

Leaders, the Future and Constant Hope

Zestful Confidence!
Here is a powerful thought from educator and cognitive psychologist John Gardner.

John Gardner quote, leaders and the future

Leaders see a better future. That is vision.
Leaders know how to work toward that future becoming a reality. That is strategy.
Leaders need confidence their hard work (even struggles and sacrifices) to bring about the desired future, will not be in vain. That is HOPE.

The question every leader must know is how they will cultivate the quality of hope. The Christian leader has all the resources of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures and the Promises of God that create our Hope.

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