The band instructor in the school where I had taught, was a good instructor and motivator in teaching music. He had placed a picture of a crusty old looking cowboy, wearing a ten gallon hat, unshaven, with a cigar danglin’ from the corner of his mouth. The caption under the picture read, “There’s a lot of things they didn’t tell me when I hired on with this outfit.”
How well most of us can relate to that statement in our personal experiences we have had in various jobs and duties we have had to endure through the years.
“Resiliency required”, may be the job description given to all who will choose to lead by example, testimony and faithfulness, in their commitment to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As Christians we are perpetually beset by trials. Our decision to lead puts us in a position of having to deal with people. No big secret here: people cause problems. Oh my…..reality check…..some people are problems.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:8,9, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” We notice that Paul addresses these very real trials in a series of four specific contrasts: hard pressed, not crushed; perplexed, not in despair; persecuted, not forsaken; struck down, not destroyed. Paul was humble…..yet durable. Aware of his weaknesses, he knew where from would come his might.
Nothing, again nothing, is more Christ like than that kind of strength in the midst of such storms. The strength behind his resilience, as is ours, is God’s power.
That type of leadership endures because it is totally, completely dependent upon God’s strength which is unlimited. Those who cling to this truth remain invincible…..again, not because of who they are, but rather who Christ is in them.
Resilient? You bet. As we rest in His presence always, we can weather the storm, until it passes by.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58