Archive for October, 2012

Obedience of a Leader

In the book of Jeremiah in chapter 39, we read of the consequences that befall a leaders who had chosen, repeatedly to disobey the instructions, reprimands and the reproving of God. This was King Zedekiah, not a very old man, probably in his early 30’s. God had sent word to this king through the prophet Jeremiah but he continued on in his ways of arrogance and hardheartedness (as many rich powerful men in their youth do).

But things turned grave for him . The prophesied capture of the great city of Jerusalem has happened. And even the king is also captured as he tried to dessert the fallen city. We read how the invading King Nebuchadnezzar treats the captured king’s family members and those of his court as well as how king Zedekiah is humiliated. In verse 6 we read, ‘Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes in Riblah; the king of Babylon also killed all the nobles of Judah. 7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, and bound him with bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon.’

The disobedience of a leader has the potential to impact not just himself but also the lives of those around him. We see this repeatedly in the scriptures. Even with many warnings, King Zedekiah had shut his eyes to the light, and now God forever shuts him up in darkness (by the removal of his eyes). This leader, Zedekiah, had chosen the bondage of sin, and now he must wear the chains of misery ( the fetters to his arms and legs).

My this be a lesson for us all who have been given the huge responsibility of leadership: God has very effective ways of dealing with our pride and arrogance and those who disobey Him. We are not called to obey Him out of fear but to do so out of love.

Have a loving obedient week.

Growing my confidence

My success as a leader will ultimately increase in direct proportion to my confidence.  At least this was a clear takeout from an article I read recently done by Kevin Eikenberry . He says that when we are not confident, we tend to naturally revert to fear, and when we do, inaction becomes the result.

Some of the other negative traits that follow from being in a space of fear are being tentative, we delay doing things that we need to do and even procrastinate on making the right decision.  He pointed out that ‘when you are able to let go of fear, you take action more quickly and easily. Read more from his article The Confidence/Competence Loop.

In the meantime, let me encourage U all to look for areas where you can grow in competence as this will build your confidence.

Every blessing.

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”—General Eric Shinseki

Preparing for the Jubilee

In the month of September 2012, Pastor Simon Mbevi (@smbevi) has challenged me and many other Kenyans who listened to his sermon both at Mavuno Church and on the internet where his sermons were broadcast every weekend to prepare ourselves as there is change in the air where our nation, Kenya, is concerned. We shall be celebrating our 50th year since independence and this will be our Jubilee year.

Jubilee is a time of freedom from the many things that hold a people and a nation captive to debilitating issues of the past. In one of his sermons, he painted a picture that sound very exciting. “Imagine a new Kenya…good roads, zero tolerance to corruption, leaders of integrity, unity in diversity, a working city hall, drivers who stick to the rules! I see a new Kenya beginning to form, a new generation rejecting the old and embracing the new. I see you and I see hope for a new Kenya. In God’s name, let us be the generation that gave birth to the Kenya of dreams.”

And then he asked the question that was on all of our minds. “Is that possible? In our generation?” I must admit that I really want this to be my new reality. I want to live in this kind of country. I want to live in this kind of Kenya. And even though I did not shout out aloud, my answer to his question is yes. A resounding YES!

I know it sounds like a dream come true. I know it feels nearly impossible to achieve. And even though my mind and thoughts did wonder off into dreamworld and I started living in this new Kenya, I came back ‘into’ reality just in time to hear Pastor Simon conclude the message with the exhortation that God has the plan for this nation and that I can work with him to make this a reality. “In God’s name, let us be the generation that brings forth Kenya Mpya!”

For the full sermon, go to http://mavuno.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/kenya-mpya

A Jubilee Nation

The greatest challenge we have as a nation (Kenya) in transition is and will be leadership. Good and effective leaders are hard to find. At home, at the market place, in institutions, in the villages and in the nation