There is a need in the church to prepare the next generation for leadership. Scripture is full of leadership lessons that should be shared with the next generation. There are many leadership lessons that can be gleaned from the life of Joseph. When we study his life, we see that preparation for leadership began long before he ascended to second in command in Egypt. There are some lessons on the way to riding in the second chariot that were essential for Joseph to grasp in order for him to be elevated to a position of power. Many young adults are at a place where they can dream big and make decisions that will lead them towards success, but they should learn the lessons early.
We learn that attitude is important. Attitude can be more important than your ability. It is more important than your experience and your age. There are companies that operate with the philosophy that we hire people with good attitudes and teach them what they need to know to do their jobs. The difference between partly cloudy and mostly sunny is your attitude. Do your job even when others aren’t doing theirs.
Joseph’s life teaches that discouragement is often the devil’s weapon of choice to get you to suppress the greatness within. People will hate on your future when they are unhappy with their present. Don’t adjust your dreams to please your haters. How often do we stunt the growth of the church trying to please haters? Despite his dream, Joseph still respected his father. When his father called, he answered. And when his father sent, he went. Vision doesn’t give you the right to be mean and disrespectful to others. Don’t allow your potential or your position to lead you down the path of forsaking your values.
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