Discernment and development

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight..” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Our recent COVID and post-COVID years have challenged many aspects of my approach to leadership. In 2020 and 2021, hardly anything was “normal.” I learned to better discern God’s voice for each “next step” with At Work on Purpose, and He revealed them only gradually – one step of faith at a time, with short-term clarity but long-term ambiguity. This was a radical departure from my corporate training in organizational development, where one systematically “plans the work” and then “works the plan,” with a detailed schedule and defined deliverables. God has given us the inspiration to dream and the intelligence to organize, so developing and implementing plans is a good thing. BUT . . . our plans pale in comparison to the Lord’s, and our best actions come from obedience to His direction. Scripture speaks beautifully to the balance between discernment and development in Proverbs 3:5-6. Every day in my prayer garden, I continue to reflect on God’s leadership lessons for me. What discernment is He bringing to you?

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