“But the noble man make noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.”
This verse has meant so much to me for many years. I have kept it in my heart daily and remembered its sobering words. Having been self-employed in the past, I chose it as the name for the business each time. Noble man. Besides being taught John 3:16 as a small child, the verse about the noble man has taken stage as a guide for my life.
But I saw a different translation this morning that challenged me. It said, “But a good leader plans to do good, and those good things make him a good leader.” Still the statement about planning, which is another post in itself, is important but it actually states that the good leader plans good things and the good plans make him a good leader. If those deeds were money, that would mean that every good financial plan you make, would in turn make you richer. If it were friends, then every good friend you make would make you a better friend. Every lesson you teach, makes you a better teacher. It is so simple and yet we look for something different occasionally when we should stay the course…to become better at what we do.
It is apparently one of the “gifts that keep on giving”…one that when used, does not go without a reward. And being the noble man can stand on its own. It not only gives your family confidence, it gives you confidence in return. Because of my upbringing, standing up to lead has been a challenge. Having this scripture as a guiding motto, has given me confidence over many years. One of my favorite creative minds, Seth Godin, wrote “Leaders have nothing in common, except the decision to lead”.