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 is often met with a negative reaction. Each suggestion made to improve the situation is met with a reason why our idea won’t work.
This brings us to a fact that few like to talk about:
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 in life will disappoint us. 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.
We need to realize that adversity fans the flame but doesn’t snuff it out. Tribulation suppresses the available air but it burns hotter. And the pain of disappointment can cause the light to shine brighter.
Why? Because through all of this we are being tested, developed, and made into the leader God wants us to be. And He has put divine opportunities in our path.
He knows that through theses experiences we will be given the wisdom to help others because of our journey.
In the midst of our circumstances, instead of asking God why choose to ask Him what. What are we to learn from this? What is it that we may be missing?
Let us pray that God would help us see the purpose and not just the pain. Give us the strength and the peace to shine His light and help others. Let not our struggles be in vain.
May we encourage one another with our lights that still burn after all that we have been through.
May we look upon those leaders that have gone before us and realize that they too faced great adversity, difficult trials, and painful circumstances. Yet they were not destroyed by these moments; they were made stronger and so shall we.
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries