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August 17, 1997

God Is My CEO

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God Is My CEO
Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. PSALM 143:8
Organizations need strong leadership. They need people at the helm who can determine where to go and how to get there. Then these people have to rally the troops around a common purpose and execute against a plan to make the vision a reality. This takes strong leadership.
People are not different. Everyone needs to be led—collectively and individually. In our own lives, we need a compass and an anchor. We have to know which direction to head. Without a compass, we are just running in circles. We also need an anchor so we are not tossed about on the open seas during the storms of life.
Many of us are self-directed or self-led. We are self-starters who, with little information and direction, can forge a course through the wilderness. Some of us have made great careers out of doing this and even of convincing others to follow us. We go where we want to go and do what we need to do. We’re self-made men and women who run our own shows.
But there is another way. If we have answered the call of God on our lives, then we have relinquished the control as well. We have submitted to a new form of leadership. We still need to be led, but now we need to be God-led. He is our CEO, our commander in chief. Even more than that, He is our Master, having bought us with the price of His own life. He is fully in control.
So are you living under His leadership? This is tough work that takes soul surrender—total relinquishment of mind, will, and emotions. You have to align your mind with His and learn to think His thoughts. You have to align your will with His and learn how to submit yourself to Him. And finally, you have to rein in the emotions that so often deceive you or lead you astray when they are not in alignment with His will and ways.
The good news in all of this is God’s character. He is more loving, faithful, and caring than any leader you could ever have at work. You can trust His decisions and follow them fully. No earthly CEO can live up to those expectations.

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