How My leadership Developed Me

Proverbs 27:5 Dissected and Defined

Open rebuke (correction without feeling, leadership Development) is better than secret (private) love.

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

This love mentioned is the love a person should have for his neighbor. A helping kind of love. But this neighbor keeps the benefits of his love private. He does not exercise it for the benefit of the neighbor. He reserves truth.

A Merciful Mentor

When I worked in the oil business, I enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Dan, the owner of our organization. He was a professional mentor to me. He was an incredibly gifted man and oozed motivation. Just being around him made you want to do more, be more and give more to the organization. He was kind, considerate, and generous. He loved me in a way that I truly appreciated. However, he was a mercy. Mercy is one of the motivational gifts of the Spirit. It is much different than the gift of prophecy. A mercy will not tell you what you need to hear. They tell you what you want to hear. There is a unique role in the Lord’s work for a mercy, but being frank and forthright with rebuke is not one of them. That is reserved for the prophet!

A Developing Christian

Dan trained me in business and he gave me great insight and encouragement in my personal life. When I first began working at Ranger Enterprises, I had many personal issues that needed drastic work. I was slothful, a poor steward of my money, critical and judgmental, dishonest, and lacked integrity.  Not much of an employee, was I? However, Dan saw me as a developing Christian and hired me. He encouraged me with his motivational gifts. However, the single most important step he took was to place me under his VP: Richard McMahon. 

A Straightforward Realist

A retired Army Ranger, Richard was brash and forward. He rebuked me daily. His staunch accountability shaped me. While Richard would tear me down, Dan would build me up. Richard would tell it like he saw it. Dan would tell it like he hoped to see it. One was a realist, the other a visionary.

Leadership Development Takes Both Mercy And Truth

These men broke me and stroked me until God determined I was faithful, putting me into the ministry. From an apathetic rookie fleet salesman to a productive Christian worker, how did I qualify for His full-time service? Simple: With both mercy and truth. I enjoyed Dan’s private praise, and I submitted to Richard’s open rebuke!

Sharing is Caring

Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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