Our Bible verse for today: “When the Philistine started forward to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:48 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Run towards your problems.”
Those of you who have been reading these daily devotional messages for a while know that I sometimes refer to a list of leadership principles known as “Powell’s Principles”. They come from General Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.
General Powell is a man I admire very much and from whom I have learned a lot. Although I have never met him, I have followed his career, I have read much of what he has written, and I have heard of how he conducts himself in tough situations. Over the course of his career he developed a list of leadership principles which guided his own conduct, and which he looked for in others. He called them “Powell’s Principles”.
Like many great military leaders, General Powell was a tough, no-nonsense man who would carefully evaluate his options, make a decision, and then go forward boldly to implement his decision. He did not procrastinate, he did not shy away from difficult situations, and he was not timid. He evaluated, decided, and acted. Here are a few of his principles which apply to our theme of being an overcomer:
“I am uncomfortable with meetings that don’t arrive at conclusions.” This is part of his refusal to needlessly procrastinate. Do your best to gather accurate information, make the best decision you can based upon the information you have, and then do something.
“Being in charge means making decisions, no matter how unpleasant.” Pity the person who can’t make a decision. If you’re in-charge (of a country, a military unit, an organization, a family, or of yourself) you have to be able to make decisions.
“Look, listen, and then strike hard and fast with all the power you need.” Again, evaluate, decide, and then act decisively and with the intent of getting the thing done in the quickest and most efficient manner.
The point in all of this is, “don’t run away from your problems.” Don’t be timid and don’t procrastinate. In 1 Samuel 17:48 we see that the boy David, when faced with the problem of doing battle with the giant Goliath, he ran towards his problem not away from it. We need to do the same. Deal with the situation. Run toward your problem not away from it.