“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! Joshua 24:14-16
Every man has a circle of leadership influence. Imagine around you is a circle and inside that circle is your area of responsibility and leadership influence. This is where you will have the most significant impact. When you decide to implement a new spiritual discipline, you start with yourself. As your circle grows, so does your area of impact. This includes places such as family, workplace, church community and so on. But make no mistake about it, it begins small and moves outward.
Joshua was the man God anointed to lead Israel after the passing of Moses. He did so with great success both militarily and spiritually. This man was courageous and obedient. Even at the pinnacle of his leadership impact, Joshua started small. He did instruct the people what to do, but he put the ball in their court and let the decision rest on them. As a leader, Joshua confirmed what he would do in his smallest circle of leadership influence. He decided and made it an example, giving the rest an example of what to do, but letting them make their own decision. It was a leadership line in the sand.
DO THIS TODAY: Lead well in your smallest circle of influence.