There is more to a person that meets the eye. Before we speak, a person has already had several conversations (internal and external). When we meet a new person ready to share the gospel, we are expecting them to “receive” what we say instantly. We expect them to believe that God loves them and has an amazing future for them. We are disappointed when our words are discounted.
Being transparent as a leader is tough! Transparency means being honest when things are “not okay.” Transparency means that you have to admit that you are “vulnerable.” Transparency means that you have to be honest with yourself and allow others to see where you are now. Transparency is frightening, because many of us do not know how to be authentic.
Endurance is challenging, especially when you are faced with adversity. Your natural reaction is to quit or to hide, but instead God wants us to stand. Standing is an act of faith and a struggle of the will. We are encouraged in Scripture to stand and see the salvation of the Lord. As exciting as this Scripture might be, in the middle of life’s moments, this is the last thing you want to do.
I love Jesus, I do not like boats, and I enjoy being rescued (for a cause). One time when I was riding in a boat, I became seriously sea sick. Thankfully, my teacher had plenty of saltine crackers and Sprite on board. It is a great feeling when you can get something to give you relief.
Sometimes hope appears to be an elusive term. How can we find hope in the darkness? How can we find strength to endure? Without the details, simply know I understand. I have asked similar questions, cried out to God, and even battled with thoughts of, “Will this ever get any better?”