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Seasons of  transition, (and everybody is in some kind of transition), are opportunities to re-access why we do what we do.

Three ideas propel the direction I want to head personally and organizationally. They describe what I desire to become and what I aspire to do.

1. Wholehearted.

Wholehearted encompasses many ideas.

This includes being authentic. It means speaking and living truthfully.

It means acting honestly. It means embodying integrity.

Wholehearted means being “all in”, passionate, and zealous.

Wholehearted implies total commitment.

Wholehearted means not having to fake it, be a phony, or put on a mask to hide the real you.

Most of all, being wholehearted describes the way we are to relate to God, with “all of our heart mind soul and strength”.

Wholehearted is the only way I want to live these days.

2. Healthy.

Healthy means things like treating yourself right, and treating others right.  It’s a practical way to live out the second commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself”.

Healthy implies boundaries between work and life.

It means protective boundaries in relationships.

It means correcting dysfunctional behaviors. It means forsaking addictive behaviors.

Healthy means to communicate well, and communicate frequently. Communication is so vital to healthy relationships.

Being healthy means to embrace humility. It means to give the gift of empathetic listening.

It means taking full responsibility for your choices, and your mistakes. It means offering, giving and seeking forgiveness.

3. Servant Leadership.

We are blessed to be a blessing.

Servant leadership means to lead the Jesus way.

It means to serve the Jesus way.

We are not here to serve only ourselves, but to invest our lives in the destiny of others.

We are to serve self sacrificially. And we are to lead courageously.

We are to serve “the least of these. ”

And as leaders we are to be good shepherds who feed the sheep.

Servant leadership means to be a good steward of the resources we have been entrusted with.

We serve as unto the Lord, and not out of fear of man.

How about you? What words guide you? What is your compass? What points to true north for you? Share it in the comments below!