Recently, I learned from reading Dr. Myles Munroe’s book, The Principle And Power Of Vision, that there are basically three types of people in the world: 1) those who never seem to be aware that things are happening around them, 2) those who ask, ‘What just happened?’, and 3) those who make things happen.  Of the three types of people mentioned in Dr. Munroe’s book, what type of person would you most rather be as a leader in your home, business, church, and community?

For me the answer is clear.  I want to be a person that can make things happen with a spirit of wisdom and excellence serving people and solving problems that make a difference in life.  And if I had to guess, I’d say that most people would rather be someone who can make things happen too.  Well, the good news is that God gives us the free gift of the Holy Spirit so that believers in Christ can make things happen in the power and might of His strength regardless of the challenges we might face in the process.  In fact, the Lord declares through the prophet Zechariah that “’It’s not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

Furthermore, in the book of Numbers, the Bible shares the story of Joshua and Caleb, two of my favorite Make It Happen people in the Bible.  When Moses sent out 12 spies to spy the Promised Land, 10 spies came back with a bad report and a “can’t do” spirit of fear; whereas, Joshua and Caleb came back with a good report and a “can do” spirit of faith.  I personally like the way the Message Bible records their good report and “can do” spirit of faith in Numbers 13:33 stating, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it.” Despite the potential challenges and significant adversities they would have to face in the Promised Land, Joshua and Caleb possessed a “can do” spirit of faith believing that all things were possible with God; but unfortunately, they weren’t able to possess the Promised Land until 40 years later because of the “can’t do” spirit of fear among the leaders on their team. 

Therefore, to make it happen with a “can do” spirit of faith, leaders must work diligently in the Lord to create a team culture of empowerment that reaches people and unleashes their extraordinary God-given potential to make a difference in life.  I have personally found that leaders can effectively do this by building teams upon the following nine faith-based Make It Happen team values:

1.      Make It Happen people possess a positive Make It Happen attitude

2.      Make It Happen people are led by servant leaders

3.      Make It Happen people are service enthusiasts

4.      Make It Happen people take calculated risks in the pursuit of excellence

5.      Make It Happen people work extremely hard and have lots of fun

6.      Make It Happen people invest and participate in training and development

7.      Make It Happen people celebrate individual and team accomplishments with abundance mentality

8.      Make It Happen people foster a safe environment of teamwork and mutual respect

9.      Make It Happen people are professionals

Building teams on a foundation of Make It Happen team values will help create an environment where people can flourish and make it happen in life, being all that God created them to be, and doing their part to fulfill the vision and mission of their team. Thanks and have a blessed day!