Leadership is hard.
Well, not at first. At first, leadership is full of praise and positivity. There’s a reason you were picked for the job. They NEEDED your skill set and mind. And because all those around you clearly remember what the organization was like BEFORE you arrived, they can easily and readily follow you and trust you.
But time makes all things fade.
Eventually your skill set and wisdom become commonplace. People forget or begin to take for granted how hard you are working.
Before you know it, everyone is convinced in his/her heart that someone else can do it better. Maybe you are too.
You suffer and work and push for the best.
But opposition and those who don’t agree with you are always chasing you down.
Leadership isn’t for the faint of heart.
And yes, I’m talking to the stay at home mom just as much as to the executive in the office. Regardless of WHERE you are leading, eventually your heart becomes weary, those around you no longer love your decisions, and you get to the point where you would willingly just give it all up.
This isn’t new just to our current society. We see this played out all over Scripture.
If you’ve ever read through 1 & 2 Kings or 1 & 2 Chronicles, you’ll notice a pattern.
The people had a problem. They found a new king. They sang and danced and praised this new king. Someone in the king’s inner circle started to think maybe he could do the job better than the King could. He caused division and doubt against the king. He overthrew the king.
Rinse and repeat.
The circle of leadership.
Which leads me to 2 questions for every believer reading this
Are you the person in the inner circle allowing the enemy to use your pride to take down those in authority over you?
Are you a leader feeling weary because, as you long to follow God and lead in the position he has given you, the opposition is getting in your head and making you doubt yourself?
To both people, take a breath.
If God hasn’t given you the position of leadership, there’s a reason. You can choose to be godly with your tongue and actions and trust God or slowly cause division with your tongue and actions and trust your own gut. Your choice.
If God has placed you in leadership, take courage. It is for a season and a purpose. God doesn’t make mistakes. Learn to let His voice be louder than your thoughts and emotions as you continue to push forward and follow Him. The truth always rises to the surface. Trust God. Do your job. That’s all that has been asked of you.
Doing what God has asked us to do isn’t always easy.
Laundry might be your “ask” today and you simply hate laundry. (me!) Or having a hard conversation might be your “ask” today and those conversations make you break out in a cold sweat. (also me!) Maybe it’s simply keeping your mouth shut and being a voice of encouragement when you really desire to be a voice of criticism. Or it could simply be to keep your head up, continue leading, and don’t quit.
Whatever your “ask” from God is today, simply do it.
And then find someone in leadership over you and send them an encouraging word. They need it.
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(For a great resource on 1 Kings and this idea of doing well what God has placed in front you, check out “Be Responsible (1 Kings): Being Good Students of God’s Gifts)
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