On November 18, 1952, LT E. Royce Williams from his ship the USS Oriskany, off the coast of Korea, was given a bombing mission against North Korean targets as part of a strike group. The pilots flew near a river that bordered the Soviet Union. Upon completing their mission, they received information that 7 MIGs were scrambled to intercept them. Williams was ordered to return and provide protection for his ship.
Song of Songs 3:3—The guards who go about the city found me. I asked them, “Have you seen the one I love?”
Song of Songs is considered Solomon’s finest song. It is an exquisite love story whose eight chapters are short and easy to read and it shows how two lovers efforts are rewarded.
Haggai 2:19—Is there still seed left in the granary? The vine, the fig, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yet produced. But from this day on I will bless you
Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, lived in Babylon during the first year of the Persian King Cyrus’ reign. After Cyrus issued a decree authorizing the rebuilding of the Jewish temple, Zerubbabel volunteered to help and was given authority to govern Judah. Taking initiative, he led the Jews in the laying of the temple foundation. Unfortunately,
1 Samuel 14:6—Jonathan said to the attendant who carried his weapons, “Come on, let’s cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will help us. Nothing can keep the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.”
Jonathan was the first prince of Israel during the reign of his father King Saul from about 1043 to 1011 BC. It was a perilous time for his countrymen because they were constantly harassed by the Philistines. Recognizing that morale was low in the army and that something was needed to overcome a persistent threat, Jonathan took action.
The fate of every business hangs upon the quality of the employees hired. The fate of the world rests upon the quality of Jesus’ disciples engaged in obeying the Great Commission. Therefore, selection is an extremely important concept in the formation of teams and in accomplishing God’s will! I’d like to share with you seven principles that my Dad, Ron York, utilizes as a result of over fifty years of ministry experience. I believe you will find them to be very encouraging and helpful.
What we often see as tragedy God uses as opportunity. One of the great joys that come through walking by faith is the experience we gain watching God do incredible things. If only we would be so brave as to trust His leading.
Silas Titus is the International Missions Director for First Cause. He planned and coordinated my trip to India and was instrumental in forming our Encounter team. I met his gifted family and saw first-hand how God is using them for the expansion of His kingdom. Silas’ father, the Reverend Titus Varghese, is an evangelist. As God leads and provides for him, Titus travels to share with people about Jesus.
My two sons and I enjoy watching Star Trek Voyager. We regularly follow the space adventures and mini-plots that revolve around the homesick Voyager crew desperately trying to reach the Alpha Quadrant. As I sat down to view a new episode I felt a direct nudging by the Holy Spirit to go and pray.
“Go for it” is a common slogan in an uncommon age. We live in the swift-enhanced decade where innovation in the realm of technology is stunning. Purchase a computer and in just a few years it will be obsolete. The slogan for our age seems to be “UPGRADE.”
I don’t think I’ve ever needed someone to encourage me in the area of taking initiative. Ideas flow through my veins like electricity—only it’s usually others that get shocked! Ideas are the necessary spark plugs that fire initiative. They can be fruitful or they can be fruitless. Initiative that is not God-ordained has the potential of hurting people, leading one down a track God never intended and chewing up valuable resources. Initiative that is in response to God’s leading bears divine results.