Do you have a healthy frame of mind as a leader?
How is it that some people seem to have a healthy temperament when dealing with severe issues and some people do not?
How do some people find peace in the storms of life? Is this a genetic thing? Are some of us born with an itchy trigger finger when dealing with our emotions or is this learned behavior?
Short tempers are nothing new. They have been around for a very long time.
One of the first stories I remember about a man with a flaring temper was one I learned from my childhood Sunday School teacher. It was right before Easter, and the teacher was telling us the story of how Jesus and his disciples had gone to a garden to pray. Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples, had betrayed Jesus and told the officials where they could go to arrest him. The authorities came to Jesus in the dead of night. When an officer approached Christ to take him into custody, one of the disciples couldn’t take it, so he drew his sword and whacked off the ear of one of the men trying to arrest Jesus. Now, I could not have been much more than eight years old when I heard my teacher tell this story but I do remember wanting to jump up on the table and cheer for that disciple that pulled out his sword!
This type of behavior was not what Christ was after.
When the disciple cut off the ear of the official, Jesus put a stop to it and said, “No more of this!” (Luke 22:51) Then he healed the man’s ear.
Had Jesus not said those four words the entire New Testament story could have changed. The story as we know it would have been altered. The attitude of Jesus was remarkably different from that of his followers.
To stay calm and relaxed even when things look bad is a sign of real leadership. This behavior was a powerful lesson of Christ in his response to this situation.
A Healthy Frame of Mind: Action Over Reaction
This story was a lesson in action, not reaction.
A real leader can calm a storm and heal a dangerous situation!
Jesus taught us many things by his actions as he did by his words (parables, Sermon on the Mount, etc.).
If you are a leader, your actions and disposition will carry as much weight as the words you speak.
What Grows a Healthy Frame of Mind Look Like?
A person with a healthy disposition is not controlled by the actions of other people!
You will never hear a person with a right frame of mind say, “She made me do it!” or “He makes me mad!” or “They drive me crazy!”
The people who make these type of statements surrender control of their life over to others.
A person with a calm disposition is one who possesses a healthy personality and shows an inherent quality of mind and character control! They exist in a way that is solid and unwavering.
Anger and impulse do not decide their decisions in life. It is almost impossible to control or manipulate the emotions of this stable person.
The Big Question About a Healthy Frame of Mind
Do you have a healthy frame of mind?
If not, you will find that you are easily manipulated and controlled.
One of the most significant ways to control an unruly or explosive situation is to say what Jesus said to his disciples. “Alright, enough of this!”
A healthy disposition demands control of oneself above all other actions, even when things may not look so good.
This is a spiritual matter and the most significant spiritual leader of the ages, Jesus Christ, shows us how to grow a healthy attitude of self-control by his powerful words when he was calming a storm. Mark’s gospel tells this story.
“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:35-39)
A real leader takes control of storms.
A healthy leader does not let reactions overpower actions.
How are you doing as a leader?