TEENAGERS: LEADERS OF TODAY
I welcome you to this special month packed with pleasant surprises. My prayer for you is that your own portion of the blessings for the month will not elude you in Jesus name This month, we shall be discussing a topic that every teenager needs for a better and brighter tomorrow; that is the subject of leadership. It will interest you to know that as teenagers, we are empowered today for our tomorrow; therefore, our preparations today as leaders matter a lot to the future we hope to see and live in tomorrow.
The Bible says: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future(Jeremiah 29:11).
As much as God has a plan for you as a teenager, it’s your responsibility to prepare and walk with the conscious mindset that you are a leader of tomorrow. Whatever you see of our society (Nigeria) today is a function of how everybody before your time handled it. However, you can forsake the past and look forward to your future.
What is Leadership?
Leadership is the ability of an individual or a group of individuals to influence and guide other members of an organization or a society. A leader is a person who has built capacity in himself to influence others effectively either positively or negatively. Transformational leadership which we are considering this month is defined as a leadership approach that causes change in individuals and social systems. In its ideal form, it creates valuable and positive change in the followers with the end goal of developing followers into leaders. The following are the ways you can lead to change your society.
Creating an inspiring vision of the future:
Genesis 13:14-15 says And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. God our father admonishes us about vision which is the ability to see into the future. It is creating and establishing achievable goals and providing followers with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve those goals.
So as teenagers I want you to have a vision first for your life, your immediate environment and thereafter your society at large. Therefore, as young ones you need to see yourselves as proactive problem solver leaders, solution providers looking ahead, and not being satisfied with things as they are. Transformational leaders took forward to setting a standard even for the next generation. This could be achieved by developing and maximizing all your potentials (giftings, talents, abilities, and skills.) to the fullest so as to achieve the change you desire.
Motivating and inspiring people to engage with that vision which can be referred to as influence. Influence is the power to change or affect someone or something: It is the power to cause changes in people without directly forcing them. It is very easy to influence a set of people: just ensure you paint the picture of the vision you have seen to them. Thai is, make them see what you saw; by transferring the same passion in you into them; thereby having a team to make a change. Making any lasting change starts from the mind
There is greatness in this nation and the responsibility is yours to make it happen. Therefore, start taking responsibility from today. We did our part and that can be seen in our society today. It is now left for you as leaders to build the future you desire to see in your nation. Thus, I commit into your hands the greatness and the future of this nation. Go and make it happen in Jesus name! Now, I hand you over to our gracious and marvellous God whose Word can mould you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need to bring this to pass (Acts 20:32). However, dear friend, you need to know God and become his child so He can engrace you for transformational leadership.
You become His Child by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you have not asked Jesus to come into your life or maybe you have neglected your initial love for Him, then you should say this prayer in faith:
Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me of my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank you for saving me. Now I know I am born again!
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name! Call or write and share your testimonies with me through email@example.com OR call 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian Bookstores: Salvation The Way of Escape, Single with A Difference.
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