Lift up Your Heads – Mosiah 7:18-20

18 And it came to pass that when they had gathered themselves together that he spake unto them in this wise, saying: O ye, my people, lift up your heads and be comforted; for behold, the time is at hand, or is not far distant, when we shall no longer be in subjection to our enemies, notwithstanding our many strugglings, which have been in vain; yet I trust there remaineth an effectual struggle to be made.
19 Therefore, lift up your heads, and rejoice, and put your trust in God, in that God who was the God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; and also, that God who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, and caused that they should walk through the Red Sea on dry ground, and fed them with manna that they might not perish in the wilderness; and many more things did he do for them.
20 And again, that same God has brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem, and has kept and preserved his people even until now…
(Mosiah 7:18-20)

An effective leader helps people visualize a successful outcome of their efforts and help them believe that they can achieve them. In other words, a leader empowers people to have hope and exercise faith. Leaders can do this by describing the future and by reminding people of positive past experiences, even as they acknowledge the challenges that must be overcome to achieve their collective goals.

In the passage above, King Limhi addresses his people. Years earlier, his grandfather led a group of people from Zarahemla to the land of their ancestors and entered an unwise treaty with the king of the Lamanites which eventually led to their falling into captivity. Now, many years later, a group of sixteen men has arrived from Zarahemla, reigniting Limhi’s optimism that his people can escape.

In his speech, Limhi talks about both the future and the past:

  • The future: “The time is at hand, or is not far distant, when we shall no longer be in subjection to our enemies.”
  • The past: “Put your trust in…that God who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, and caused that they should walk through the Red Sea on dry ground, and fed them with manna that they might not perish in the wilderness; and many more things did he do for them.”

Today, I will follow Limhi’s example in my own leadership. I will help the people I lead to visualize a bright future, using examples from the past to bolster their confidence. I will remember that my positive influence can inspire them to take the actions necessary to achieve those positive outcomes with God’s help.

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