Winters in Eastern Washington can be cold, and some times the snow accumulates in a short amount of time. It was during one of these cold snowy days that my car got stuck. I tried backing up, but all I could do was spin my wheels. In fact, I tried everything I could think of without success. I called my husband to see what I should do; it went to voice mail. So I sat where I was, cold and frustrated. Thankfully, with the assistance of kind strangers, I got moving again and drove home to safety.
It’s no fun being stuck. Even if you’re not really stuck, it’s no fun feeling stuck.
In my case, I definitely felt stuck. The men who came to my rescue showed me I wasn’t really stuck.
Sometimes the problem with being where I am is it is all I can see. I need to expand my horizons and get a better view.
When I drive I need to be aware of what is going on around me. However, I also need to see what is ahead to navigate skillfully. Similarly as a leader, I need to manage things in the present. I also need to have an eye on the horizon in order to successfully adjust the course.
When we expand our horizons, we are open to new ideas that keep us relevant and current.
They don’t have to be new ideas to the whole world—just to our places of service. Small adjustments can yield significant results.
We need to expand our horizons to build healthy relationships with our spouse, family, and friends, and safeguard against boredom and dysfunction.
We need to expand our horizons in our ministries and businesses to continually serve with excellence and avoid the downward spiral of apathy.
There are some practical ways to regularly expand your horizons.
Do not be satisfied with the status quo. Even if you are currently in a good place relationally or in business, don’t settle for where you are. Be thankful, but don’t settle. Look for ways to improve. Always strive for excellence.
Be curious and ask questions. When examining your way of doing things, ask “Why are we doing this?” It’s important to identify the purpose behind the process. Otherwise, you can get so accustomed to “the what” that you lose sight of “the why.” Keep your mind sharp and continue learning.
Observe other places in action. Get outside of your box and see how it’s done elsewhere. Take a field trip in a similar industry and see how they operate. Glean ideas. A word of caution: Don’t adopt an idea just because it works well somewhere else. Make sure it will work for you. Again, that’s where curiosity and questions come into play.
Look to the Lord. He is the source of the wisdom. He understands your organizational culture better than you. He understands your relationships better than you. He desires to direct your steps. Ask Him for the wisdom and creativity you need to lead.
Don’t get stuck in the past or the present. Expand your horizons and imagine the possibilities. Trust the Lord to guide you into the future.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17).
Heavenly Father, thank You for calling me to lead. Thanks that You have brought me where I am today. Help me to learn and grow. Show me how to lead where I am, and give me awareness for navigating the future. I trust You to equip me with everything I need to do Your will, as I hear Your voice and follow. In Jesus’ name. Amen.