What do you do when you hit a wall? Or reach the end of your rope?
Pastors, leaders, entrepreneurs. Single moms. We all have moments in our journey where we just feel like we want to give up entirely.
How do you lead people when you feel like you need someone to lead you?
Followers of Jesus have a unique relationship with the world. It’s the moments of weakness that we actually find a source of strength – trust in Jesus.
Isaiah said it like this on behalf of God: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Psalms says: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
Galatians: “And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”
But Proverbs gives us the most encouragement and wisdom on why it’s important to actually surround yourself with others that can be present during your times of struggle, being overwhelmed, or frustration.
“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.”
It’s so much easier to say it than to believe it
You may have heard the slogan “Will it ‘till you feel it.” But sometimes you need to feel it to believe it. The beauty of a strong relationship with the Lord is that when we hit these moments of struggle we are constantly reminded that God is our strength. That Jesus has been where we are before. And He promised us there would be a new day.
Where there is death, with Jesus, there is resurrection
My belief is that God allows us to continually hit walls along the seasons of life so we are forced to keep relying on Him. It’s too easy to get complacent, to take credit for wins and losses, and to allow pride or other sin to come back into the forefront. Yet, thanks be to God for the times when you are reminded and held accountable to turn your life back into His arms.
Don’t be afraid to rely on God. To read Scripture even when you don’t feel it. And to keep your core group of friends and accountability partners aware of your state of mind or your situation.
I believe we have to be intentional in tackling every problem that comes along our path.
So how do you lead people when you feel like you need someone to lead you? Well I think it’s pretty simple.
You allow yourself to be led by Jesus and you allow Him to lead those around you. Paul says it best in Philippians. It’s a bit cliché but it’s packed with incredible truth:
“I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13