Mary Selzer

Day Seven – Beware burn out

Today’s Scripture: Exodus 18:18-23 Burn-out is a term that is thrown around frequently. Sometimes it seems if a person hasn’t experienced burn-out, they’ve missed a key ingredient of good leadership. I humbly disagree. If what we are doing is in obedience to the Lord, He will never set us up for failure. Early in my ministry, I did “crash and[…]

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Day Six – Beware the scare of atrophy

Today’s Scripture: Exodus 18:17-27 One of the detriments to overworking is that other gifted people are not given opportunity to use their talents. Leaders like Moses may think they’re serving the people, but instead they may be causing “spiritual atrophy” in their followers. Atrophy is the wasting away or serious weakening of muscles. People who suffer an injury or become[…]

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Day Five – Sober up

Today’s Scripture: Romans 12:3 Paul instructed that we shouldn’t think more highly of ourselves, but we should use “sober judgment.” The term “sober” means not exaggerated—not overstated or inflated. It’s possible to think more highly of ourselves when we assume we can do more than what the Lord intended. We may not verbally brag about how great we are, but[…]

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Day Four – Giving constructive criticism

Today’s Scripture: Exodus 18:17-23 Jethro was a savvy leader, and his timing was impeccable. First, he observed carefully. Then, he shared his observations. Finally, he offered a solution. Some people are quick to contribute their criticism without offering a workable resolution. These types of people love to complain and criticize with no thought to how their words will land. Every[…]

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Day Three – Receiving constructive criticism

Today’s Scripture: Exodus 18:13-21; Proverbs 19:20 Moses and Jethro were both leaders. While the older man was a priest, he probably wasn’t leading as many people as his son-in-law, who oversaw hundreds of thousands. Although Moses was in his eighties, scripture doesn’t indicate that he had much experience as a leader—unless you count the sheep he led in the desert[…]

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Day Two – Celebrate wins!

Today’s Scripture: Exodus 18:5-11; Romans 12:15 Some people consider their in-laws as out-laws. And some in-laws are deserving of such a title. One man said the first time he went to his girlfriend’s home to meet her parents, they had placed a lone chair in the middle of the dining room with a spotlight shining down from the ceiling. As[…]

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Day One – Teachable Moments

Today’s Scripture: Exodus 18:14 Assessments are valuable tools because they help people understand how to leverage strengths and compensate for weaknesses. Usually these evaluations are taken privately and the results may or may not be shared with others—depending on the person who self-assessed. Some leadership appraisals are “360’s,” meaning other individuals, like your co-workers, friends, direct reports, managers, and acquaintances[…]

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