Michael Jackson wrote a very famous song called “Man in the Mirror,” and it concentrated on making change. We live in a world that is constantly changing, and in leadership this applies as well. In leadership our ministries win when we win. The most important win is the one that comes from within.

Psalms 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”

King David was the perfect example of a leader who allowed God to lead him. He was famous and won many wars, but he also understood that the war within him needed some reconstructing. As leaders it is easy to get caught up in the hype and flow of our services, but it means nothing if we are losing the battle within our lives. So many times we see leaders fall because they could not handle privately what was going on within them. Who we are is more important than what we do. When we allow God to work and change us, then God will work the rest out on our behalf. So the question we need to ask is not how God is going to take our ministry to the next level, but rather what is it in our lives that needs to change in order for God to raise us up? Just like the everyday routine of looking in the mirror before we go out, we must look at ourselves in the mirror and make the necessary changes before we ever step on the platform of leadership.

Practical Tips:

1. Evaluate who you are

2. Connect with someone that can keep you accountable (tell you like it is)

3. Make the change

By: Sam Velez

Sam serves as the newly appointed Next Generation Director with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization. He is also a former Next Gen Tribe graduate and an Associate Pastor, overseeing youth and young adult ministries at Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia in Laredo, Texas along with his wife.

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