#Firefighters Is your passion burning bright or on the verge of extinguishment?
1 John 1:6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
As leaders, we are tasked with providing encouragement to people who can be hostile and unreceptive.
Every positive word seems to be met with a negative reaction. Each suggestion made to improve the situation is met with a reason why your idea won’t work.
Even the most devoted leaders can suffer burn-out in a poisoned environment. I fell victim to this trap several years ago. I posed these questions:
How does one stay motivated in the midst of those who seem quite content with being miserable?
How do you keep your head above water while an anchor is tied around your neck?
When we fail while being “tested in the furnace of adversity”; it is only then do we realize why we failed.
Our motivations and values must be from a higher power. Some may struggle with this concept but the fact is this:
Every human being at some point will disappoint you. Every single one.
This is not a reason to give up on others; it is actually quite the opposite. One who has carried a heavy burden recognizes the signs of an over-burdened soul.
They once carried their light into the darkness only to have it snuffed out by the winds of tribulation and negativity.
In order for our light to burn continuously it must be fueled by source unaffected by any of the devils extinguishing agents,
The light of hope, comfort, and encouragement comes from one who sees through the darkness. One who sees our true value and affirms it in our hearts.
Adversity fans the flame but doesn’t snuff it out. Tribulation suppresses the available air but it burns hotter. And the pain of disappointment causes the light to shine brighter.
Why? Because through all of this you are being tested, developed, and made into the leader God wants you to be. And He has put divine opportunities in your path.
He knows that through theses experiences you will be given the wisdom to help others because of your journey.
In the midst of your circumstances, instead of asking God why choose to ask Him what. What am I to learn from this? What is it that I am missing?
Help me see the purpose and not just the pain. Give me the strength and the peace to shine your light and help others. Let not my struggles be in vain.
May we encourage one another with our lights that still burn after all that we have been through.