The True Indicator of the Heart

In many ways, the tongue is an indicator of the heart, because, as Jesus said, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).  The disciple of Jesus learns to speak under the discipline of the Holy Spirit, who enables him or her to speak truthfully in love in a manner that is appropriate to both the hearer and for Jesus, who is listening to our words.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 202

When a Leader Reveals Passion, Others Catch it

You can’t teach people to be passionate any more than you can teach them how to fall in love.  But when a leader reveals passion, others catch it.  That is why the ability to speak effectively remains one of the greatest assets of leadership, and why passionate leaders enjoy such success.

– Haggai, Dr. John E, The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to Igniting Visionary Decision Making, copyright 2009, Harvest House Publishers: Eugene, Oregon, page 129