The attributes of mercy shown in Exodus 34 (gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness) as leaders, provide us key items to be thankful for each day.
As the year 2020 slowly moves to a close, there reside forms of perplexity like no other. However, even in these moments of confusion we know there are special moments, which show us, God is with us. Leaders who hold unto this special characteristic also maintain the theoretical framework I’ve developed, called spiritual emotive aptitude (SEA). SEA corroborates with what I call Godly Intelligence (GI), in the sense that it is impossible to hold SEA without complete knowledge of who God really is.
GI in Christian leadership does not display any charlatanic behavior. Simply put, if one knows the teachings of God, why should there be any shortcuts, uncouth behaviors, disregard for those we work with it, etc. The dismissal of all these in work environments, offer up platforms where SEA can guide to the fullest. Let’s just say that once it is clearly understood, the level of service required to build God’s kingdom, through the application of GI, SEA flows.
When in use SEA shines like this:
- Leaders are aware that every emotion should be directed by God. Through listening to God’s leadings, strengths shine, and limitations improve. During challenging times, leaders holding SEA also know the root cause of these challenges and know where to go to find solutions. Clarity comes and a pathway to victory appears. Ask, listen, and apply.
- Leaders are aware of the feelings of those on their teams. GI holds supreme stance in the sense that GI also maintains that God is aware of the feelings of every one of us. If one holds GI, the feelings and emotions of those who work with us, should never be discounted. As God pays full attention, so should leaders do the same to every member of her or his team.
- Leaders must know how to adjust emotions based on any circumstance. God is in control, right? So, if God is in control, and this is clearly known, it is equally as important to be in control of emotions in any situation. Everyone wants to know they are in safe and just environments, no matter what these environments may be.
The corroboration of GI and SEA as primary themes for Christian leadership offer up grace, mercy, and display God’s love, fairness, as well as His discipline. I’d say, awareness of such beautiful care, gives us much to be thankful for at the moment our eyes open each morning.
On this 2020 Thanksgiving, even in the relentless discord of this trying year, let’s remember who we serve and the bounty that comes to us when we apply God’s Intelligence in our daily lives. Let’s allow this intelligence to consistently flow. ©
Rev. M. Charlotte Oliver ©
Please NOTE: Theoretical framework developed by M. Charlotte Oliver