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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT | Gideon

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Read Gideon's full story in Judges 6-8.



Have you ever felt yourself go into "survival mode"? When was that? How did that make you feel?

This is something I am constantly wrestling with. My personality is such that I like to get things done. I am often prone to taking on more than I can really handle. And it gets to the point that I'm just going from one project to the next without giving any of it much thought. It's really easy for me to get caught up in the details of day-to-day "survival" to the point that I lose sight of the end goal.
It's in times like that I have to hit the reset button. I have to take a step back and look at the big picture. Why am I doing these things? To what end? When we first see Gideon, he has no big picture in mind. He's just doing what he has to do to survive. It take courage and intentionality to keep your end goal in mind. For me, if I'm going to move forward and not just tread water, I've got to be focused…

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT | Deborah

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You can read Deborah's story in Judges 4-5.



1. Are you a leader (Deborah), a follower (Barak), or a rebel (Jael)? How does God use all three types of people?

I see myself mostly as a leader, but I am often a follower, too. I am rarely ever a rebel, taking matters into my own hands. I feel like I have always taken on the responsibility of leading. I enjoy what I do, and I try to use the gifts God has blessed me with to lead his people well. However, there are plenty of times when I am happy to let others take the lead. I can relate to Barak quite a bit when he didn't want to step out in faith without the presence of Deborah beside him. But I think that good leaders should also make good followers. We can't be in control all the time. We need to delegate tasks, we need to be held accountable, and we need others to step up and take charge occasionally.

I think it's quite clear that God uses all three types of people in his kingdom regularly. I think we are all called to be…