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Key Thought:

Leaders are problem solvers!

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Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What makes a leader different from a follower?
  • Why is it important to care for what you’ve been given (i.e. car, house, job, etc.?)
  • Who in history would you say was one of the best leaders? What made them great?
  • What problems do you solve at work? At home?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why do you think it’s important for you to grow before God entrusts you with more?
  • How are trials and setbacks valuable for producing a solid leader?
  • Describe a time when you saw a problem that later became an opportunity.
  • Share a work related problem you can solve to help increase your value to your employer, helping you get your next promotion.

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What trials have you faced that helped build stronger character and leadership?
  • What is something in your life that you need to steward better starting today?
  • What are you good at doing that can solve problems for others?
  • Are you a saver or a spender? How has that affected your life?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for giving us so many examples of great leadership that honors You. We want to be problem solvers, faithful workers, and good stewards of what You have given us. Help us to grow as leaders so that we can continue to change this world for the better. In your name we pray, Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Commit to viewing everything in your life as entrusted by God and begin to steward things in a way that reflects this new outlook.
  • Identify an area of your life that you have not been stewarding well and figure out a way to do it better starting today.
  • Ask your employer or supervisor what problems they have that you can help solve, then commit to solving them as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • Write out your vision for the future. Write out the milestones that lead to your vision, and then determine what the daily actions must be to reach those milestones. Take action every day.


So Pharaoh told Joseph his dream. “In my dream,” he said, “I was standing on the bank of the Nile River, and I saw seven fat, healthy cows come up out of the river and begin grazing in the marsh grass. But then I saw seven sick-looking cows, scrawny and thin, come up after them. I’ve never seen such sorry-looking animals in all the land of Egypt. These thin, scrawny cows ate the seven fat cows. But afterward you wouldn’t have known it, for they were still as thin and scrawny as before! Then I woke up. “In my dream I also saw seven heads of grain, full and beautiful, growing on a single stalk. Then seven more heads of grain appeared, but these were blighted, shriveled, and withered by the east wind. And the shriveled heads swallowed the seven healthy heads. I told these dreams to the magicians, but no one could tell me what they mean.”

Joseph responded, “Both of Pharaoh’s dreams mean the same thing. God is telling Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do. The seven healthy cows and the seven healthy heads of grain both represent seven years of prosperity. The seven thin, scrawny cows that came up later and the seven thin heads of grain, withered by the east wind, represent seven years of famine.

“This will happen just as I have described it, for God has revealed to Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do. The next seven years will be a period of great prosperity throughout the land of Egypt. But afterward there will be seven years of famine so great that all the prosperity will be forgotten in Egypt. Famine will destroy the land. This famine will be so severe that even the memory of the good years will be erased. Genesis 41:17-31

The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. Deuteronomy 28:8

Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials. So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. And Pharaoh said to him, “I am Pharaoh, but no one will lift a hand or foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval.”

Then Pharaoh gave Joseph a new Egyptian name, Zaphenath-paneah He also gave him a wife, whose name was Asenath. She was the daughter of Potiphera, the priest of On. So Joseph took charge of the entire land of Egypt. He was thirty years old when he began serving in the court of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. And when Joseph left Pharaoh’s presence, he inspected the entire land of Egypt. Genesis 41:37-46

Joseph remained a slave until his own words had come true, and the Lord had finished testing him. Psalm 105:19 CEV

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