Yesterday I spoke with a Leadership Coach who shared some of her ideas about her work and her vision of helping others. One of the things that struck me was a key part of leadership – vision. Vision that sees beyond the immediate moment and can actually envision how things could be. Let’s apply that to what has just happened to the Jersey Shore and New York. How will you respond? Respond like a leader: 1. Stop, reflect, and count your blessings, 2. Assess your resources and personal emergency response plans, 3. Check your reserves and see if you can help financially. Most people do not have the time or skills to jump in personally and help the folks but you might. If that is you seek ways your skills can be applied. Some people who are unemployed right now and have building skills may soon find work in helping rebuild the coastline. Others may have financial resources to commit to helping people directly. Check with your church, local organizers who are responding, or an organization like the Red Cross. Most importantly pray. Pray for the people not just today but in the weeks ahead. Pray for a spiritual renewal in our country so that our disagreements do not make us disagreeable. Ephesians 6:18 reminds us, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
One other thing to remind yourself this day – take care of your spiritual well being every day. You may not be dealing with a hurricane or other natural disaster but life can throw you a curve ball at any time unexpectedly. When you are in touch with your Creator on a daily basis you will have the inner resources to be able to respond at time of challenge.
If you want to help those suffering from the hurricane damage, here is one way you can give via a safe/secure link: