This is the fourteenth lesson in bestselling author and speaker John Maxwell’s Leadership by the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, tell them to sign up to receive John’s free email devotional here.
By John C. Maxwell
Some of the best years of Joseph’s life were consumed by injustice and rotten luck. But not one time does Scripture describe Joseph displaying a bad attitude. A positive attitude is the difference maker for every leader. To see your leadership dreams fulfilled, you need to get an attitude. Joseph’s example urges us to adopt the following mindsets:
- I will develop myself during the down times. When you suffer injustice or hard times, complaining doesn’t do you any good. When you get knocked down, allow it to make you better.
- I will add value to others. Instead of getting consumed in his own story, Joseph invested in others. Perhaps he moved toward his own dream by helping others with theirs. You can do the same.
- I will forgive. Despite all his brothers had done to him, Joseph generously forgave and cared for them. A great leader forgives rather than holding on to grudges.
- I will remember God is sovereign and works all things together for good. Joseph assured his brothers, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?…You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…to save many people” (Genesis 50Gen. 50:19–20). By God’s grace, Joseph was able to save his family, govern the most powerful land on earth, and help preserve God’s people for his greater purpose. When you submit to God’s sovereignty, the realization of your dreams can far exceed your expectations.
The above is adapted from The Maxwell Leadership Bible / Third Edition by John C. Maxwell (@JohnCMaxwell). Copyright © 2002, 2007, 2018 by Maxwell Motivation, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com.
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