The Responsible Leader

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January 10

The Responsible Leader ~~ Ron Buford

Gideon said to God, “If this is right, if you are using me to save Israel as you’ve said, then look; I’m placing fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If dew is on the fleece only, but the floor is dry, then I know that you will use me to save Israel, as you said.” From Judges 6:36-40 TM

Colin Powell once said he was proud of being called a “reluctant warrior.” Powell is typical among warriors who actually risked their own lives to save others and who can also never erase the brain-searing memories of horrific death and human carnage – of friends and enemies, comrades and combatants, all believing they were “right.” Such warriors are rarely eager to go to war – stereotypes notwithstanding. So it is with Gideon: if he is going to battle, he wants to be absolutely certain his cause is just, that it is God’s will.

Each day we face battles. Some days we take on battles that satisfy our egos but hat leave behind human and spiritual carnage.  Is it worth it? Look what it costs you to be right. Is it at the center of God’s divine purpose for you, your family, those for whom you are responsible? Slow down; take time to be mindful today.

PRAYER: Gracious God, thank you for the gift of divine choice. May m choices and actions today maximize your divine presence, power and creativity in the world and in my home for good in the world. Amen.

God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 11-12.