As we look at Nehemiah over the next few weeks, we see him mainly a a leader, and he certainly was that. But before he was a leader, he was an employee. And it was the character he developed while still a servant that prepared him to be such a great leader. A recent study reported that Gen Y is sometimes called the Echo Generation because they want (reflect/echo) what Baby Boomers have created for themselves over the past 40 years.Boomers have worked hard all their lives and now can have some rewards for it. Gen Y, having grown up with it, just expect to have it. Unfortunately, when it comes to character, you don't just automatically have it; you must develop it. There are few areas in life in which we live or work that do not come ready-equipped with a superior- a boss or other authority figure. It is our task to develop qualities of leadership germinating within ourselves while still being accountable to these superiors in our individual spheres of influence- just as Nehemiah did. Take a few moments to write down the characteristics that make Nehemiah a commendable employee. For instance, you might note how he investigated the circumstances before sharing his heart with others and taking action. Another was his positive approach even though the situation was dismal. But Nehemiah also prays about his situation and his employer, the king. How much time have you spent grumbling about your boss as opposed to praying for him? Maybe now would be a good time to take a leaf out of Nehemiah's book and start balancing out the scale.
Church planting and growth has been a focus for most of my ministry. I frequently lecture and speak on church planting and have been actively involved in many church plants. Under God's hand and direction, my wife, Kaye, and I planted the