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Day 95 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Power of Persistence!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The best way I’ve ever heard persistence described is as “stubbornness with a purpose”. It’s easier to be stubborn and persistent when you have a purpose, a goal you’re fighting for, something you want bad enough to keep coming back for after you’ve been knocked down.

As I was writing Chapter 3¬† last night for How to Lead by THE BOOK, I was discussing what it means to be a servant leader. In fact, I gave twelve tasks that make up a servant leader’s job description. I used an example of how Jesus met the needs of blind Bartimaeus as He traveled from Jericho to Jerusalem¬† the last week of His life. Not only does this passage give an example of how a servant leader meets the needs of others, it offers insights into what it means to be persistent and the rewards of persistence.

Let me set the stage: As Jesus is passing through the crowds, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar shouts out to Him for mercy. Here’s the story from Mark 10:47-52:

And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Then many warned him to be quiet, but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called.

Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise. He is calling you.”

And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.

So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.

Here are five lessons from this miracle:

1. When you have something worth fighting for, don’t let the voices of the crowd snuff out your fire!

2. When others try to douse your dreams with doubt, use it as motivation to work even harder for your goal!

3. When you get close to what you want, don’t let up! Like Bartimaeus, cast your garment aside and sprint towards your goal!

4. Get clear about what you want in the first place. When Jesus asked Blind Bart what he wanted, Bart didn’t stutter!

5. When you achieve your goal, remember those that helped you along the way.