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March 1, 2012

By Jennifer Davis Rash

Living and leading confidently

By Jerry Rankin 
Retired president of the International Mission Board

Posted Jan. 27, 2012 


“Is not your fear of God your confidence and the integrity of your ways your hope?”

In preparation for a couple of events at which I have been invited to speak on leadership, my thinking reverted to this verse in Job 4:6. It became an anchor for me in stormy times and a foundational truth to keep priorities focused. One in leadership is subjected to perceptions of others that often lead to criticism and personal attacks. Decisions can be misunderstood and disagreements are inevitable.

Becoming defensive and counter-attacking is seldom an advisable solution, and it simply engenders further conflict. Ignoring detractors can cover the spectrum from aloofness and arrogance to being perceived as indifferent and insensitive. The greater the responsibility the greater the vulnerability to blame and having motives questioned. How can one continue to lead confidently and do what is right even if others do not agree?

These two aspects of advice have sustained me through many difficult issues and strained relationships. Our confidence is in the Lord, not in men. We are not to be afraid of God as a judgmental, punitive sovereign, but we are to have a sense of awe and reverence toward Him. Knowing that He is aware of our behavior and even the motives for what we do and that we are accountable to Him is a deterrent to sinful actions or self-serving decisions. If our fear and respect of God characterizes our relationships and lifestyle, we can be pretty confident of doing what is right.

Likewise, when one is firmly committed to integrity, there is nothing that can divert a person from being truthful and transparent. If one is committed to honesty and truth, it is unlikely one will be lured to indulge in the baser pleasures of life, communicate half-truths for the sake of preserving one’s reputation or to be self-serving in any way.

These are not only principles for leaders but are valuable precepts for anyone. We all go through times of trial, strained relationships and are subjected to misunderstanding. The hope that sustains us is knowing that we have been truthful and honest. We have not misrepresented a situation in order to cover our mistakes. The hope that everything will ultimately be all right and we will come out on top is to walk in integrity.

Fearing the Lord and practicing integrity will keep anyone on the right track and give confidence to encounter whatever life may bring.


Health tips from “40 Days to Better Living — Optimal Health”

By Dr. Scott Morris

Church Health Center of Memphis


  • Make sure you know what your blood pressure is. Ask your doctor or check it on a blood pressure machine at a drugstore.
  • Make a list of all your medications and vitamins, and keep it readily available in case of an emergency. Make sure someone else knows where the list is also.
  • Some medications can have side effects, both physical and emotional. Alert your doctor to any side effects such as depression, anxiety or hyperactivity.
  • Be sure to tell your doctor which vitamins and supplements you take. Ask which ones might be good for improving health if you don’t take any.


From the Twitterverse …

Jan. 27, 2012

The Daniel Plan  @TheDanielPlan

Get your sleep! 7–8 hours will help your body lose weight, reduce stress, and help balance your hormones!


Jan. 27, 2012

Rick Warren  @RickWarren

Never ruin an apology with an excuse. Just own up & humbly ask for forgiveness.


Rashional Thoughts is something I look forward to! Super job and refreshing read!

By the way, congratulations on your fitness success. I started following it when you first began and you seemed frustrated. I know how that is. However, when I read your progress and all the pain that sometimes goes with it, I could so relate to that.

Your column encouraged me to start again, as it not only helps the body but also is good for the mind. 

I hope that you will keep readers up on your continuing goals. You go, girl!

Vicki Foster
Cropwell, Ala.

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