"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you" (Psalm 32:8).
The key to leadership is not the loudest voice or the best idea. It is a heart that is focused beyond a person and beyond a moment. Many influential leaders have often quoted the phrase, “You teach what you know. You reproduce who you are.” Leadership is the influence within you to see a change around you become more than just an ideal, but real.
David’s heart was to see care and to see people grow in the potential of the influence that had been divinely placed within them. He was a product of someone seeing in him what no one seemed to see or cared to see. He was overlooked by his size as a boy and his status as a shepherd. God, through the prophet Samuel, saw something different. Samuel saw a heart that was teachable with a potential that would be unstoppable. David saw something very similar in the lives of 400 outcasts that infamously became known as “David’s Mighty Men.” They were the rejects of society and yet were instrumental in the conquests of Israel’s greatest king before Jesus.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” David cared about the subject of his writing. He saw the potential, but he also saw the problem. The solution to the problem was guidance and leadership. Someone needed to be willing to speak like, speak truth, and help show the way. David couldn’t expect someone else to know what he knew unless he was willing to reproduce that knowledge in them. So often, we become frustrated with others for their performance, or their lack of performance, in an area, but we fail to see the opportunity for the disappointment. Take time to teach what you know and reproduce who you are in the lives of those around you who are desperate for leadership. It’s easy to complain, but God has called you to counsel. It is quicker to disparage, but God has called you to disciple.
Think for a moment. Who are the people in your life that are products of God’s divine placement? Where are they going? What lack do you see in their life that God has given you insight from experiences in YOUR life? Be willing to share it. Be open to being a voice and an ear in their life. Be willing to speak, but also to listen. Talking is good, but when words are spoken without really hearing the heart of someone’s reality, those words are either misfired or misplaced. Be humble. Let them see the imperfect humanity that lives in the same need of the grace of God.
“I will counsel with my loving eye on you.” David chose a loving eye rather than a sharp tongue or an iron fist. In a world where people are quick to feel judged, be focused on letting them know the life-changing power of God’s love in you and through you. Yes, truth still needs to be shared, but truth without love is not truth at all. Love is defined as patient, kind, never rude or selfish, forgiving, hopeful, persevering, and never failing. Determine to speak into people’s lives with this heart. “…with my loving eye on you…” Look for the best, not just expecting the worst. Speak as though you see the best, just as in Christ, God saw the best in you. Romans 5:8 reminds us that “…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” While we were the worst, His love saw the best. Live to reproduce in others what Christ desires to reproduce in you.