3 Leadership Lessons from a Children’s Book
Our Summer Development Series is wrapping up this week with a children’s book that won the 2016 Christian Retailing’s Best Award for the Children’s Fiction category.
We started the Summer Development Series with on a book on prayer, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. It is good that we are ending with this children’s book on prayer called Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place by Stephen and Alex Kendrick.
I am extremely familiar with the book since I have read it with my five-year-old grandson, Josiah, more than twenty-five times. The reason I know the number of times is because of the stickers he has put up to show he has prayed. He loves to read the book, pray, and then put up his sticker. (The book has many added features including a parent connection page to help parents talk to their children, a prayer requests poster, and stickers!)
First, as leaders, we can learn so much from children. I recommend adding spending time with children to your development plans. Children teach us so much about living in the moment, getting excited about the little things, playing hard, loving freely, and forgiving easily.Children teach us about living in the moment, playing hard, loving freely, and forgiving easily. Click To Tweet
This children’s book is one of a series of books connected to the Kendrick Brothers movie, War Room. The War Room movie was released on August 28, 2015 and on its second weekend out it finished first at the box office.
Peter is a young boy trying to find the perfect place to pray and he discovers that God is always listening and He can pray anywhere anytime.
Here are 3 lessons from the book on life and leadership:
1. Your children and your team are watching how you pray.
Peter is greatly influenced by seeing his Mom pray. Seeing his mother pray makes him want to have a special place to pray. As parents, it is good to remember that our children are watching and learning from us all the time. And so is the team we lead. If prayer is a natural and normal part of your response to challenges, opportunities, and blessings, others will respond in prayer also.
The great parenting verse in Deuteronomy 6 is a reminder that we teach as we do life:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” v. 6-7
2. Don’t give up as you learn to pray.
Is prayer a challenge for you? Do you start and then stop? Do you find it hard to pray with others Wherever you are in your prayer life, keep praying. Keep learning to pray. It matters that you pray. Peter keeps searching for that perfect place and as only a little boy can, he is determined! Be resolved to make prayer a part of your life.
3. We all need a wise “Dad” in our lives.
After Peter’s determined search, he comes up perplexed and still uncertain. That’s when Peter’s Dad steps in and helps:
“But God can see and hear you, son,
No matter where you pray!
You can talk to Him from anywhere,
At any time of day.”
And I love Peter’s response:
“Wow, God! I didn’t know that
You hear me all the time!
With such a perfect God like You,
Each place I pray is fine.”
Sometimes in life and in parenting, we need someone to give us wise counsel. We are never too old for someone to be “Dad” to us. If you get stuck in your faith, in your parenting, marriage, or in your work, seek out someone wise who can help. Peter’s Dad was there for his son and I love Peter’s response – “Wow, God!”
This is a book you will want to share with a child in your life and while you are reading it, learn some lessons for you too. And be reminded that you too can pray anywhere and anytime!
Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you
in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
What lessons did you learn from this children’s book?