Pray, Plan, Pivot!

“Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant…” – Isaiah 55:3 

As a man and as a steward, you have to pray, plan, and pivot. A couple of years ago, I taught through the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah is a classic case of a world-class leader. Does he pray? He keeps praying, including nine times throughout the book. Does he plan? He’s got legal plans, financial plans, security plans, building plans, HR plans, church plans, and plans for plans. He prays a lot and plans a lot. But does he ever pivot? Yes.  

There are two kinds of leaders: process leaders and pivot leaders. For process leaders, once the plan is made, they don’t deviate because change is hard. Pivot leaders know that, occasionally, even if you pray and plan, things will happen, and you’ll have to pivot.  

Nehemiah was building a wall, and enemies show up threatening murder. Now, he had to pivot and get security. Next, they wrongly accuse him of committing treason, so he had to pivot and fire up a public relations department to refute the lie.  

As a man, one most important thing is to take time to hear from God. You can’t tell others what they’re supposed to do until God has told you what you’re supposed to do. Pray and make your plan, budget, and schedule, then pivot as things come up. Process leaders often get frustrated and have difficulty pivoting; pivot leaders need not use their flexibility as an excuse to not have any plans. You need both.  

Tomorrow we will end the week with a discussion on pursuing your wife.  

How are you doing at hearing from God? Take some time to get alone with Him and simply listen.

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