Here are some notes I took down for an alumni lecture that Dr. Ben Merkle gave alumni from New Saint Andrews College. There should be a video coming out soon. These are just my notes:
God is shaking things. God is sharpening things.
You are called to be faithful with the matter in front of you.
Don’t let precision get in the way of being decisive. The choice is right now. Don’t let your decisiveness take away your ability to see clearly. A good leader embraces both.
Academics tend to be precise. Business men tend to be decisive.
These types of leadership clash. They should not be opposed but you should be able to grab both sides and pull them together.
Mute the crowd and make your decision before God. Is a case decided by the evidence or the volume of the crowd?
The crowd is increasingly employed against godly faithfulness.
You have to sit there and turn off the crowd in the court-room of your mind before God as judge.
Prayer is a good place to find the mute button. You are getting men out of your vision and filling your sight with God.
Know that today’s work will be sharpened tomorrow. You don’t need to solve tomorrows problems. But today’s decision will be refined tomorrow.
God brings great growth through great sharpening. The thing that comes out of it is the thing that explodes.