Jul 17, 2015

Have you ever wondered why God had to use two metaphors - stars of heaven and sand on the seashore - when He could have stuck with one? It would have meant the same thing - numerous descendants - either way, right?

I’m talking about God’s promise to Abraham:

I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the STARS OF HEAVEN and as the SAND that is ON THE SEASHORE. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies. Genesis 22:17

There’s a valuable leadership lesson we can glean from it. As Rabbi Daniel Lapin in his book Thou Shall Prosper (2010) puts it,

“There is one key difference between grains of sand and stars. The former only have significance in concert with countless other similar grains of sand. Together they can form a dyke and hold back the seas, but alone each grain gets swept away. A star, on the other hand, stands alone in its brilliance and significance. God wants Abraham to learn to view his people in these two conflicting ways at the same time - as part of a larger mission and as an indispensable human like no other. That constitutes the highest form of leadership.”

(mostly taken from John Maxwell’s leadership ideas)

Sand on the Seashore –

As the leader, always look at the big picture, recognizing that the goal – the larger mission - is more important than the role of each player in the team. Know that no one person can achieve greatness on his own. He needs a team. 

Stars of Heaven --

As the leader, understand that all players in the team have a place where they add the most value. Find out what each player’s natural talents are and let them operate in their strength zone. 


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