Welcome to TeamTRI’s 12 Days of Leadership! We have been celebrating the holiday season by sharing 12 days of powerful leadership ideas, resources and content. We hope these articles got you in the holiday spirit and ready to go lead the world to greatness! Today’s article is by Hayley Henderson (@TeamTRI_Hayley)
You might have caught on by now that the 12 Days of Leadership blog series has somewhat followed along with the Christmas song that we know as the 12 Days of Christmas. Today is the closing of this series as we celebrate with friends and family Christmas day. The song’s gifts are hidden meanings to the teachings of the faith. The “true love” mentioned in the song does not refer to an earthly suitor, it refers to God Himself. The “me” who receives the presents refers to every baptized person. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Son of God that many of us celebrate the birthday of on December 25th. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is said to have been developed by Christians who could not openly practice their faith because they lived in societies where Christianity was forbidden.
What is so wonderful is that we live in a world now where we can practice publicly what we believe. Everyday in this blog series we have showed you techniques, advice, or facts where you can become a better leader in 2015. Your strengths DO NOT need to be hidden. At TeamTRI, we want you to get out in this world and go for your leadership dreams.
God sent His one and only son as a gift to this world. But, did you know that each and every one of us has a special gift that we can use to help others? Romans 12:6-8 states:
6 We all have different gifts, each of which came because of the grace God gave us. The person who has the gift of prophecy should use that gift in agreement with the faith.7 Anyone who has the gift of serving should serve. Anyone who has the gift of teaching should teach. 8 Whoever has the gift of encouraging others should encourage. Whoever has the gift of giving to others should give freely. Anyone who has the gift of being a leader should try hard when he/she leads. Whoever has the gift of showing mercy to others should do so with joy.
The gift of Leadership may be something you have already discovered that you have. Often the characteristics of this gift can be seen as:
- Having a vision and are able to get others to buy into that vision
- Are able to inspire others towards a good work, direction, or course of actions
- Others seem to naturally and willingly follow because of their servant heart
- Take initiative in starting new projects or going a new direction
- Others trust your character, ability, skill level, and judgment
- Are willing to step forward and be responsible for some task
Everything God creates has a specific assignment and purpose. Your assignment and purpose can be based on some of the following:
- The gifts you have been given. Some of us are great communicators in front of others, while some of us may have gifts in other areas.
- Personality traits
- Variety (meaning we all can bring something different to the table)
We have all been given an assignment. Jesus had the assignment of being born in this world and to love us so much that He died on the cross for OUR SINS.
No one else on this planet can do your assignment. Your assignment has something to do with meeting a need, solving a problem, or assisting a person. The most unfulfilled people are those who have yet to discover their assignment. Once you discover the assignment and purpose for your life you will:
1) Have inner peace
2) Have outer adversity
3) Have more fruit
Know that when discovering your purpose and assignment it may not be easy. Look at the surrounding you live in, and do the most you can where you are; you were place in that environment for a reason. We live life moving forward, but understand it looking back.
So I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone in 2015. Today, look around and see all the wonderful blessings you have, and feel free to tweet us @TeamTRI with any of your exciting Christmas moments. As we move forward in the New Year, discover the gift that you can bring to this world. Discover what makes you happy, and the strength that you have to lead others. Merry Christmas from our TeamTRI family to yours!