Oftentimes, we think that God chooses men and women to use based on their strengths. We look at the heroes of faith in the Bible and see people who had strong dependence on God, admirable character qualities, and a legacy that lasted thousands of years.
One of the hardest things you’ll ever do is try to lead while you’re hurting—to sew someone else up when you’re coming apart at the seams. But that’s exactly what Jesus does right before He goes to the cross.
As we prepare to venture into a new year, it’s important to evaluate the challenges and struggles we faced during the last twelve months. God uses everything for His purposes; so what were the storms you faced in 2019 all about?
Have you ever formulated a plan, prayed about it, and felt a peace…only to move forward and watch it fall apart?
Have you ever caught yourself saying something that surprised you? Maybe you heard yourself talking about someone else in a negative way; or maybe you caught a pessimistic attitude taking root through your speech.
If you’ve lived life with people for any amount of time, you’ve probably experienced pain and frustration. None of us are perfect this side of eternity. Forming authentic relationships necessitates that we develop conflict and forgiveness skills.
In my leadership journey, I’ve come across some strange Christians. These individuals seem to think that, if we pretend something isn’t so, it’s going to go away. For example, they ignore emotional and physical pain, claiming that it doesn’t exist. Some Christians see acknowledging the pain as a lack of faith. They think that, if they simply claim victory over it, it will disappear immediately 100% of the time.
When I first came to Christ, I was excited about learning God’s truth. I read the Bible voraciously in those first few years, soaking up the wisdom and insight it had to offer. However, I had a major hurdle it would take me an entire year to overcome.
One of the ways I’ve learned to deal with crisis is to feed my faith. What does that mean? Well, in days of hardship, when I’ve suffered physically, emotionally, mentally, and in other ways—I stayed in the Word of God.
We’re not always going to get what we want. The question is, when this happens, how will we respond?