Christmas just whizzed by us, and I pray that you had a blessed celebration with family and friends. This season as I read again the story of that first Christmas, I noticed fresh insights that need to be a part of our life and leadership. As we look from Christmas to the New Year, I hope that we will let these lessons resonate with us.As we look from Christmas to the New Year, these 3 lessons resonated with me: Click To Tweet
Three Leadership Lessons from the First Christmas:
1. Be amazed.
“(The shepherds) hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough. After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 2:16-18
Christmas is a time to stir up the wonder in us. The wonder of Immanuel, God with us. The wonder of God coming to us as a baby, born of a virgin. The awe of the Christ child, Jesus, the Savior of the world. We need the wonder stirred up in us! We will live and lead differently when we stay amazed at the gospel, the good news of Jesus.
2. Bring joy.
“But the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. . . ‘” Luke 2:10-11
Good news of great joy. Great joy. Joy is a gift we receive because of Jesus. That deep, to the core, no matter what the circumstances, joy. Stir up the joy. There is a great deal of fear in our world today that shows up in people. The joy found in Christ drives out fear. Your family, your church, and your team needs to see your confident joy that comes from your faith in Jesus.
3. Bring peace.
“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
The world desperately needs peace. People desperately need peace. And peace came to earth that first Christmas. The angels declared it to the shepherds in praise and worship at the birth of Jesus, declaring that the Prince of Peace had come! (Luke 2:13-14)
There is much in work and life to wreck our peace. Peace in relationships whether in the home, the church, and the workplace is a full time challenge! When you walk in a room, do you bring peace or unrest? Our peace comes from our relationship with The Prince of Peace. Bring peace.Peace in relationships is a challenge! When you walk in a room, do you bring peace or unrest? Click To Tweet
As have reflected on Jesus’ birth and we prepare to enter a new year, I pray that we would give others the gift of joy and peace.