Will You Take The Challenge To Build Your Performance?

Who do you have in your life that is challenging you to “Fan into flame your gifts from God”? It is clear from reading Paul’s letters to Timothy that Paul played that role for him. (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

In the last year I released two books, A Model of Servant Leadership, and Leading Jesus’ Way. I had a number of people that challenged me to write these books to share this message on the importance of servant leadership.

I do not profess to be an author, but people felt that this message needed to be heard beyond my geographic ability to deliver it. Hence they challenged me to utilize my gifts to write these books and share this message.

God has gifted us with strengths, passions, and values. He clearly expects us to capitalize on those gifts to the best of our ability. We need to build our personal performance every day as thanksgiving for those gifts we were blessed with.

When you use the gifts God has given you, you will find that God will provide the power that you need. My experience as an author is evidence of this.

How should I respond?

The following are things that can be done to ensure you are stepping out boldly to use those gifts:

  • Pray for God’s guidance on how you can best utilize your strengths and abilities. Recognize that He is not asking you to be someone you are not. But instead, he has made our yoke easy to bear, as he has fitted it perfectly for us.
  • Believe in yourself. Knowing that your gifts are from God, will give you the confidence to go out and boldly use them. Believe in yourself, just like you as a servant leader believe in the power and ability of others.
  • Accept challenges from others. Listen to what others are telling you, on how you can build and improve your performance. Accept that challenge as a growth opportunity and enthusiastically step into it. Know that you will benefit and learn from the challenge, as well as provide a benefit for others as you accomplish your challenge.
  • Challenge yourself. Build an attitude and drive for personal continuous improvement. Never accept that you have arrived, but instead always look to take on new challenges to improve yourself. This will make your life more interesting and more impactful.
  • Recognize you are a model for others. Servant leaders realize that people are looking to them to model the way. It will be a gift to others within your sphere of influence when they see you stretching your abilities, and working on building and improving upon your strengths.

I have found great energy in delving into new areas to further develop my strengths. Launching my first book was a high that I would not have experienced if it were not for accepting the challenge of others to improve myself and spread the message of servant leadership.

How are you stepping out to boldly enhance and utilize your strengths for the betterment of yourself and others?

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6-7


Mark W. Deterding
Mark W. Deterding
MARK Deterding is an author, speaker, consultant, executive coach and the founder of Triune Leadership Services, LLC. His purpose is to work with leaders to help them develop core servant leadership capabilities that allow them to lead at a higher level and enable them to achieve their God-given potential. He has written two books, A Model of Servant Leadership, and Leading Jesus’ Way. With over three decades of experience directing companies and developing leaders, Mark created A Model of Servant Leadership parallel to the principles that Jesus himself illustrated. Working with organizations, leadership teams, and executives one-on-one, he helps bring focus, clarity, and action to make things work. He also conducts training programs to teach faith-based servant leadership principles. His greatest passion is seeing the impact servant leadership has on people’s lives and beyond. Prior to Triune Leadership Services he worked for 35 years in the printing industry holding senior leadership positions at Taylor Corporation, RR Donnelly, and Banta Corporation. He is an accomplished executive with a proven track record for developing purpose-driven; values based teams that drive culture improvement, enhanced employee passion, and improved business results. He is featured in Ken Blanchard’s book “Leading at a Higher Level”, and has been a featured speaker for the Ken Blanchard Companies Executive Forum in both 2007 and 2011. Mark lives in Alexandria, Minnesota with his wife Kim. They have two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and three grandchildren, so far. To find out more about Mark and his work, visit Triune Leadership Services via the Link adjacent his Photo above.

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