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THE PROPHET JEREMIAH | Leading People Who Don’t Want to Be Led

Have you ever been on a team where you feel like you are one of the only ones doing things the right way? Doing all the little things the right way and with the right attitude can be hard, and if you are on a team with people who cut corners and take shortcuts or have bad attitudes, taking a stand against them can create tension and cause you to feel isolated.

Deciding to do things the right way could feel like you are running up a mountain with the wind blowing against you, but keep pushing.


Jeremiah was a prophet who during a rough part of Israelite history. He is often referred to as the "Weeping Prophet" because of his deep empathy and sorrow for the suffering of his people and the judgment that would come upon them because of the bad choices they continued to make.


Jeremiah faced a lot of opposition and rejection because of his messages about the dangers his people would face if they didn’t change their ways and start doing the right thing, and the people around him often rejected and mistreated him, making him feel alone and in isolation.


Jeremiah was tasked with leading a group of people who didn’t want to be led, and this can be hard and even brought Jeremiah to tears


One of the most popular verses from the Book of Jeremiah is Jeremiah 29:11, which is a well-known and often quoted verse that offers a message of hope and assurance from God. Jeremiah 29:11 reads:

"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."

God has a plan for us all, and no matter what we might be going through right now, we can have hope knowing that if we keep our faith in Him and keep making the right choices and doing the right thing, good things will happen to us.


Despite facing numerous hardships and challenges, Jeremiah never quit on his calling and continued to do the right thing and proclaim God’s messages with courage and conviction.

No matter who or what is around you, decide to do things the right way, for the right reasons, and with the right attitude and try to find one or two teammates who you can partner with to do the same.


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from this post?

2 - Have you ever been on a team with teammates who made doing the right thing, the right with, with the right attitude difficult?

3 - Were you able to overcome the negative energy? If so, how?

4 - What advice would you give someone who was struggling with doing the right thing or someone who was surrounded by a group of people or teammates who struggled to do things the right way?


My prayer:


Our Father, thank you for the many blessings you have given me. Doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reasons can be hard, so I pray that you can help me do things today that my future self will thank me for no matter what is happening around me. In Jesus’s name, I pray, amen.


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