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Consider this…David’s Last Words in 2 Samuel 23 are words that help define leadership.

His spirit speaks through me, he writes, His word is on my heart.

I search as I read, for treasures of wisdom, His pearls.

When you lead people in righteousness, when you lead in fear of God, you are like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning. Stop.

Think. What does that mean? When was the last time you watched a sunrise to gain wisdom?

There is darkness all around you. Shadows, of memories maybe, regrets lingering. The leader’s failures are always there, exposed even in darkness, the tools for growth.

Hiding in darkness, you see outlines of figures standing off in the distance. Silence surrounds. Fears of confrontation. Condemnation? No one speaks. They don’t want to lose their jobs, they say. You have heard it said.

Thoughts are covered in the weight of wordlessness. Restlessness subdued. Black becomes blue. A colorless palate painted in a wash of gray, midst the subtle shift of night, as night begins to turn to light.

Does light come into the darkness or out of it? Do you bring light with the dawning, with each new beginning? Shadows take form in the light.

The foundation is laid for the Sun to enter. Sky meets water and water greets the shore—a baptism of beauty beneath the morning star.

Songs then ascend from the woods with the umbers and violets, casts of fuchsia and gold. Swirls of color like waves rolling, receding. Work flows.

In a majestic garment, layered in silk, so silently He enters in a robe of glory. He shines, praising the ant so busy at work.

Seagulls applaud, the day unfolds.

…Lead like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless day.

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