Harold Sala is a man who is now 75 years old and has served in the ministry for 50 years.

Not very many reach that age, much less reach those ministry years. I came out of the seminar refreshed and challenged at the same time. He gave all of us a benchmark and a goal – to keep running the race marked out for us with extreme discipline and faithfulness. All that are only achievable by the grace of God.

Here are a few leadership thoughts I picked up.

“God’s work done God’s way

will never lack God’s supply.” – Hudson Taylor

Provision can be a deterrent to any leadership call. Hudson Taylor felt it. Any person in any leadership role will feel it.

But as God has made the call, it is He who will sustain and finish.

“It is amazing what you can accomplish

if you do not care who gets the credit.” — Harry Truman

People want to be acknowledged for their hard work. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But if it becomes a consuming passion, then it hinders one from accomplishing work without the attention of others.

At that moment, it doesn’t become about fulfilling the task but about fulfilling it to get the applause of men.

“A man does not call a line crooked

unless he has some idea of a straight line.” – CS Lewis

We have been given a manual for life and leadership – the Bible.  It IS the standard and the authority for conduct and life.

As one leads, not referring to the standard will derail any attempt to make it to the goal – or at least anything that will make long term impact.

“You can’t love other people

when you are in love with yourself.” – Harold Sala

This one hit me hard.

It hit me hard because it’s the truth.

It is hard to lead with love if the focus of that love is self.  While it is not wrong to love and be grateful for who you are and what God has given, putting self above others can be detrimental to leading.

Jesus exemplified this type of leadership.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

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