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Day 93 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Keep Up Your Guard!

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Yesterday, Saturday, I received an email from my publisher. They’ve decided that, in addition to bringing out How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK in a paperback edition to coincide with the release of How to Lead by THE BOOK, they would like the following enhancements made:

1. A new introduction including the feedback I’ve received from those using and applying the book’s principles.

2. 500 additional words of new and expanded material at the end of each chapter.

3. A 2500 word final chapter on a new topic rooted in biblical principles.

I’m very excited to do this. And while I don’t know the deadline yet, I’m aware that I’ll need to focus even more to complete How to Lead by THE BOOK on time and also make the additions to How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK. In essence, in the course of a week, I’ve gone from writing one book to two.

As I work harder to tune out distractions and focus on the task at hand, I’m reminded of Christ’s command to Peter, John and James in the Garden of Gethsemane the night He was betrayed. Here’s how Matthew reports the incident as Christ addresses the disciples in the Garden.

“My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little further and fell on His face, and prayed… v. 38-39.

Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” v. 40-41.

The word “watch” in this instance is from the Greek word gregoreuo, which means to keep awake with the idea of being vigilant. In this instance, Christ was using it not so much in the physical sense as in the moral sense. Jesus knew that even though the disciples had verbally stated their allegiance and willingness to follow Him, this resolve would soon be tested.

The advice to “watch” is just as important to leaders today. Whether in your family, church, community, or business, you must keep your guard up against the moral drowsiness that can cause you to fall into traps of unproductive distractions and devastating temptations. As Jesus suggested, watching must be coupled with praying in order to stay on track.

Being watchful means that you are also alert to spiritual dangers that may affect your family, friends and employees. It is a conscious alertness of mind that keeps you and others from spiritual lethargy and slackening of your faith and Godly conduct.

Paul reminds us: Therefore do not sleep, as others do, but let us watch, and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6.

Peter is even more poignant with: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8.

Perhaps there are areas of your life, the lives of your children, or the lives of your employees that demand you do more watching.  Keep your spiritual guard up, stay more alert. Watch what they’re watching: on television and on the Internet. Listen to whom they’re listening to and being influenced by. Their spirit may indeed be willing, but the flesh is inherently weak.