Isaiah, Chapter 43, verse 1
But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, Jacob, and formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine.
God, as the Ultimate Leader, consistently practices the Law of Sacrifice. Leaders will do the illogical and surrender valuable possessions in order to fulfill and capture their dream. Fortunately for us, we are God’s dream. Only through the prophet Isaiah does God say directly to His people, “I love you.”
If you desire to become the best leader you can be, then you need to be willing to make sacrifices in order to lead well. If that is your desire, then here are some things you need to know about the Law of Sacrifice. 1) There Is No Success without Sacrifice – Every person who has achieved any success in life has made sacrifices to do so. Effective leaders sacrifice much that is good in order to dedicate themselves to what is best. 2) Leaders Are Often Asked to Give Up More Than Others –The heart of leadership to putting others ahead of yourself. It’s doing what is best for the team. For that reason, leaders have to give up their rights. The cost of leadership: Leaders must be willing to give up more than the people they lead. Leadership means sacrifice. 3) You Must Keep Giving Up to Stay Up – Leadership success requires continual change, constant improvement, and ongoing sacrifice. 4) The Higher the Level of Leadership, the Greater the Sacrifice – The higher you go, the more it’s going to cost you. And it doesn’t matter what kind of leadership career you pick. You will have to make sacrifices. You will have to give up to go up.
Spiritual reading is a discipline. It is reading with a purpose. Sometimes we are inclined to read the things that we want to but not the things we need to. Challenge yourself to read something you need to read. Read at least 4 books a year that really give you what you need. If you don’t know what to read ask someone or get a list of recommended books or get yourself a spiritual director or careful here ask your wife. I personally plan to choose a book I need to read at the four Ember Day fasts for priests. I plan on reading them only 15 minutes a day just before I go to sleep and what you read should lead you to prayer and in prayer we may ask God to help us with our reading using a short prayer such as the one Eugene Boylan proposed: “Jesus give me yourself through this book.” I want to read the book slowly, absorb it and put the ideas into my personal schema and then put the ideas into my daily practice of my life during those 3 months until the next Ember Day fasts. Using this method I look forward to making real change in my life; after a year or so then I will ask my wife what books I need to read.
Here is the present book I am reading. Prayer of the Warrior by Michael H. Brown. Interesting there is a chapter in there called, "Me and Hillary."
 Hahn, Scott, Signs of Life; 40 Catholic Customs and their biblical roots. Chap. 17. Spiritual Reading.
 John Maxwell, The Maxwell Leadership Bible.
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