Taking Initiative

They are the ones who see what needs to be done before it is even mentioned

Psalm 54:1-7

Reference: v.4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: One of the greatest skills someone can have is to take initiative.  My parents demonstrated this skill to us over and over again and I never knew how valuable it was until I started leading others.  There are some people who are diligent workers but don’t respond until they are asked directly.  But then you have those who take initiative.  They are the ones who see what needs to be done before it is even mentioned and they start working towards making it happen before they are addressed directly.  It is these kinds of workers that move quickly up the ranks.

Application: I have discovered, however, that there is one down side to taking initiative… you always rely on your own strength first.  The attitude of someone who takes initiative is ‘I can do it’.  This is great in many areas but when it comes to being a follower of God that’s when we need to say, “I can’t do it but You can.”  It’s great to take initiative but its more important to rely on God who truly can do all things.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gifts you have given me.  May I use them to bring glory to You and never forget where my strength comes from. Amen.

What are you trying to achieve on your own?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.