We have a family friend named Glenn Stearns, who happens to be a billionaire. In a strange turn of events, my dad officiated his wedding over a decade ago, and since then, he’s become dear to us. In 2019, he starred in his own T.V. show called Undercover Billionaire, which aired on the Discovery Channel. The goal of the program was to showcase the American spirit and to prove that with the right attitude and team, a profitable business can be grown just about anywhere. That said, Glenn was sent to Erie, Pennsylvania with $100 in his pocket, a pickup truck, and a cell phone with no contacts, and tasked with building a million dollar operation in just 90 days. After he got his bearings, he hired a team of people — many who agreed to work for no money — and together, they put their nose to the grindstone and labored toward the goal. There were bumps in the road along the way, however, and that’s when Glenn’s heart for leadership became evident. More than just a how-to for gaining wealth, the series showcased what a strong leader can accomplish by motivating others. In one scene, he had to fire an employee, and after he gave him the bad news, he broke down and cried. While that’s not what you’d expect from a high-powered, wealthy guy, I believe it points to the source of his success. Like many great achievers, he’s learned the priceless truth that nearly anything is possible when you value and empower people.
My friend, as a member of the Body of Christ, you are a spiritual leader, and embracing your identity as such is imperative to walking in the fullness of your calling! God put you on this planet to bless and build into others, and by investing in their lives and sharing the Kingdom of God with them, your legacy becomes eternal. Whatever you undertake, remember that whenever there’s a tribe entrusted to your keeping, you have the honor of regularly reminding them how much they matter. See human beings as more valuable than conquests, and divinely-imparted success will follow!