I am sure you know Noah by now. He was a man under the influence of both emotions and alcohol– Toxic combination for any Leader! Read: Mistakes Of Leaders Are Leading Mistakes.
Leaders can’t afford to make decisions out of emotions (anger, excitement, or stress); lest their decisions cause permanent destruction. Noah’s toxic combination caused such a destruction. His descendants are still paying the price for his irrational decisions even in the 21st century- Gaza Conflict.
He pronounced a curse on Canaan, and in the same breath; spoke blessings on Shem (his first born son) and his descendants. The name of one of Shem’s five sons was Arphaxad, and he was the ancestor of Terah- the main subject of today’s post.
For some time now; Terah had been living in a place called Ur of the Chaldeans (today’s Iraq), and his dream was to move his whole family (three generations including him) to ownership of the land in Canaan (today’s Israel).
verse 31a- Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan.
Any Head of a family must always strive to lead his family to ownership, so that when he dies; even his grandchildren are left with an inheritance. Such a man; Proverbs 13:22 calls- “Good.” If you are called to lead, you must always think more than one generation ahead. Terah was thinking three generations ahead. Three generations had to have ownership of land in Canaan!
Leaders relinquish their immediate gratification for the sake of future generations!
You can not be a Leader, and still be self-centred. I strongly believe that the surname, Mandela, will still be known even by the children of my children’s children (should Christ tarry) because Nelson Mandela saw it fit for his life to be stagnant (for 27 years) so that South Africans could be free. That is Great Leadership.
What are the lessons learned from this post:
There is great danger in making decisions, actions, and pronouncements out of emotions! Guard against it!
A Leader should always think more than one generation ahead.
- What impact will your present actions have on future generations?
- Work towards leaving an inheritance for your children’s children.