Today's reading: 1 Kings 12:1-24
Rehoboam doesn't follow in his father Solomon's footsteps as a wise leader. The moment he steps into the role of king he lets his position, and the power that goes with it, go right to his head. And in this extremely prideful state, he refuses to listen to the wise counsel (given by the respected and seasoned advisors to Solomon) to conduct himself as a servant leader. Instead, Rehoboam's response is condescending, as well as unnecessarily severe and punitive, to the people who have willingly come to recognize and serve him as the new king. His decision to respond in this manner was a poor one that ended up costing him dearly.
How does pride influence, and ultimately impact, our thinking and actions? What's one thing you learned or saw (good or bad) about being a leader from this passage? Tami
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