Initiative Lesson2 Taking the lead to relieve pressure on those around

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Being second in command gives a unique opportunity to influence and help the leader of any endeavor, but if you are just on the fringes, can you still be influential? Absolutely! When we look for ways to make our leaders or teams successful, opportunity often comes along where we exercise the initiative to remove some stress and get something done that makes the final product better and accelerates the timetable to a satisfactory goal.

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Living Lessons on Initiative Taking the Lead to Relieve Pressure on Those Around Me:

Living Lessons on Initiative Taking the Lead to Relieve Pressure on Those Around Me Character Sketches, Vol. 1 IBLP, 1986, pages 278 Information also drawn from CharacterFirst ! , www.theCharacterJournal.com as well as various Character Council & other informational websites Lesson 2 Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Slightly smaller than its cousin Its name comes from the sounds its wings make when rising in flight Can fly up to 6000’ high From Scripture… Helped to lead the people in Moses’ absence Might have been one of Moses’ family members Disappears from the records before the time of the Golden Calf

The Whistling or Tundra Swan:

The Whistling or Tundra Swan

Differences…but all are migratory birds:

Differences…but all are migratory birds

Tundra Swan range:

Tundra Swan range

The grace of a swan…:

The grace of a swan… *Omnivores but mostly eat underwater plants *Can sleep on the water *Mate for life & families stay together @ yr *Parents defend the nest, fighting smaller predators & leaving quickly to draw large ones away from the nests …. http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/animals/birds-animals/waders-and-waterfowl/swan_tundra/

So, what can we learn about occasionally taking the lead… :

So, what can we learn about occasionally taking the lead… When we are willing to step up & help… When we take on a bit of weight… When we offer ourselves…. We make it better for everyone….

The fight might have been a rout but for one man seemingly in the shadows that was willing to come, even for a short time, into the light & help others……:

The fight might have been a rout but for one man seemingly in the shadows that was willing to come, even for a short time, into the light & help others……

Three men, three choices …:

Three men, three choices … Joshua did as Moses told him, & fought against Amalek ; & Moses, Aaron, & Hur went up to the top of the hill. So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, & when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed… Exodus 17: 10 - 11

Taking the initiative … an unsung hero:

Taking the initiative … an unsung hero Hur … Scripture suggests he was: *close to Moses & Aaron *part of the leadership *played an important role *leaves the stage sometime around the golden calf debacle

People like Hur… Ex. 17:8-13 :

People like Hur … Ex. 17:8-13  I. Ex. 17:12  People Like Hur Are Absolutely Invaluable A. Hands up in intercession = advantage; Hands down  losses B. Aaron & Hur together assured advantage C. Provided essential support in a common struggle D. Moses was still the “headliner”

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II. Ex. 17:10-12 People Like Hur Are Always Involved … but he evidently A. wasn't a great leader like Moses. B. wasn't a great General like Joshua. C. wasn't a great High Priest like Aaron. D. wasn't a warrior like those in the army. E. later became a man of influence Ex. 24:14 …behold, Aaron & Hur are with you: if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them .

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III.  People Like Hur Often Seem Invisible… A. They willingly step up to do a thankless task that is essential to the effort B. They help the team effort succeed, but often others get the recognition C. They are not invisible to God… Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work & labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, & do minister.

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IV. Ex. 31:2  People Like Hur are ALWAYS Investors A. Hur was used in his own right B. Hur’s family was blessed by God C. People like Hur set a standard & become models to others, esp. their children & grandchildren!

Who are the Hurs around us?:

Who are the Hurs around us? *Those willing to take the second seat. *Those willing to make up the second line. *Those who are often unnoticed, un-thanked & underappreciated… * Those who come on the scene, then fade into the background, just like Hur .

Some questions to ask yourself…:

Some questions to ask yourself… How often do you get under the load… at home, at church, at work? Are you a team player, or do you expect to always be recognized? (Do you get upset on those occasions you are overlooked?) When should I look for the spotlight, and when should I just go about quietly doing the work? (Sometimes we must take a stand for what we believe…)

How do we apply all this? :

How do we apply all this? *See a problem? Get under the load… *Pull someone’s donkey out of the ditch because they could use the support *Pray for & offer to learn new things to help those in some sort of leadership or stress Being behind the curtain is a pretty good place to be, because those on stage not only get the spotlight, but also the hotseat …

Some final thoughts…:

Some final thoughts… Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ .

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