Hand It Down
And the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the Lord God. Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king in place of David his father. And he prospered, and all Israel obeyed him. All the leaders and the mighty men, and also all the sons of King David, pledged their allegiance to King Solomon. And the Lord made Solomon very great in the sight of Israel and bestowed on him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.—1 Chronicles 29:1, 23-25
Solomon got a notably fast and young start. Yet this inexperienced young man had little if anything to do with his early momentum. And why was this? Maybe because his father, King David, had such influence that leaders willingly pledged their allegiance to his son.
Sometimes our influence is so tangible that it can be handed down—it can be transferred to another. A person who does this has not only become a great leader but understands the importance of leadership into the future‚ in a time that they are no longer present. This requires forethought and intention and selflessness. This usually infers that this man understands the benefit of eternal value, lifelong integrity, and passing godly virtue onto the next generation.
DO THIS: Hand down one leadership learning today, and feel the benefits of paying it forward.
PRAY THIS: God, thanks for paying your grace, love, and forgiveness forward in my life. May I have the courage to do the same for others.