Dear EICC Members:
We hope you are having a tremendous week!!! In August, the EICC is going to host a Business Expo at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. You will receive additional information about the Business Expo in the coming weeks. We look forward to your participation in the expo.
This Saturday, the EICC will host its weekly Business Leaders Empowerment Session. The session will be held at Panera Bread Company, 8200 Mall Parkway, Lithonia, GA 30038. We begin at 7:00 AM and end at 8:30 AM. Please join us!
For several weeks, we have been studying leadership in the Book of Exodus. We will continue with that study on Saturday, and we will be discussing the leadership principles outlined in Exodus 18-20. We are discussing leadership because, according to Fred Fiedler and Martin Chemers (authors of Improving Leadership Effectiveness), “the quality of leadership, more than any other single factor, determines the success or failure of an organization.” We want your business endeavors to be successful and one of the best ways for us to assist you in being successful is to help you become a better leader. Therefore, again, we invite you to join us this Saturday as we continue study and improve our leadership skills and abilities.
Thus far, we have analyzed Exodus 1-14 from God’s leadership perspective and Pharaoh’s leadership perspective. This email will cover Exodus 1-14 from Moses’ leadership perspective. I would like to direct your attention to two events in Moses’ life. The first event is recorded in Exodus 3 & 4 where Moses is a hesitant and reluctant leader who is trying to avoid the leadership assignment that God is giving to him. The second event is recorded in Exodus 14 where Moses is a confident, bold, and fearless leader of 3 million people. What happened in between Exodus 3 and Exodus 14 that changed Moses from a hesitant and reluctant leader into the confident, bold, and fearless leader? Moses underwent a series of tests and trials that I call “faith building exercises”.
In Exodus 3, at the burning bush, God performed a series of miracles for Moses to assure Moses that it was God speaking to him and that Moses could trust God to help him with the leadership assignment. Now, in Exodus 3 & 4, Moses was not yet the confident, bold, and fearless leader that the Nation of Israel needed. But, Moses had to GO on the journey nonetheless.
Next, I assume most of you know Moses story and how God performed numerous miracles in Egypt in order to force Pharaoh to free the Children of Israel from their slavery. Most times, we look at these miracles as judgments that God inflicted upon Egypt. At other times, we look at the miracles as God’s way of wooing the Children of Israel into trusting Him. But, for purposes of our discussion, I would like for you to look at these miracles from another perspective. What if the miracles were not done for Egypt or Israel because neither one of them believed God as a result of the miracles? What if the miracles were done solely for Moses’ growth and development as a leader? Moses was the only one who grew and developed in his faith and his leadership abilities as a result of the miracles. Because of the tremendous tests and trials (i.e., miracles) that Moses endured in Egypt, he learned how to lead in the midst of difficulties. He learned how to lead in the face of opposition. The tests and trials changed Moses so much that, in Exodus 14, in the face of sure death from either the Egyptian army or his 3 million complaining followers, Moses did not flinch. Rather he boldly proclaimed to his fearful followers, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13-14.
God was so pleased with Moses’ growth and development as a leader that God immediately said, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.” Exodus 14:15. In other words, God was telling Moses that I am so pleased with your growth and development as a leader that I will back up whatever decision you make. Wow!
So, how does this apply to us and our businesses? Often, we have great ideas for business and industry; but, for whatever reason, we are afraid to pursue the idea. Sometimes, we may even believe that God has called us to start a business or launch a new endeavor. But, like Moses in Exodus 3, we are fearful and hesitant. We assume that we have to do some other things to get us ready for what we believe God is calling us to do. However, we should learn from Moses life that we should GO as we are knowing and trusting that God is going to GROW us as we go. For most endeavors, the best training is on-the-job training, and we prevent ourselves from getting that training when we do not step out and do the tasks that God has placed in our hearts.
EICC members, GO AND GROW!! And, may the LORD bless you in everything that you do!!!
Reginald L. Winfrey, Esq.