One of the greatest gifts you can give to the people you lead is belief in them. Too often, we undervalue the people right under our noses.
You would have thought Jesus would be the hometown hero, and yet even he was not acknowledged for his gifts with the people closest to him. In Mark 6 we read:
Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Even Jesus influence was limited because of the lack of belief others had in him.
As leaders, you have the power to make your team hometown heroes.
See the potential they don’t yet see in themselves.
Be the first to notice them.
Identify their gifts and affirm them.
Create opportunities to stretch them.
See potential before there’s proof.
Be a part of the unique work that God wants to do in others and be a catalyst for bringing that to life in them.