Is your fire free burning or slowly dying?

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. And the organizations that we serve can often hinder our efforts to provide positive change.

Our positive words seem to be met with a negative reactions more than a welcome response. Our suggestions are often met with negativity rather than an open and appreciative response.

This can cause the most devoted leaders to eventually suffer burn-out in a poisoned and punitive environment.

Have you ever fallen victim to this trap?

If so consider these these questions:

How does one stay motivated in the midst of those who seem quite content with being miserable?

How do we keep our head of encouragement above water while an anchor of negativity is being tied around our neck?

Are you at this breaking point?

There is hope:

It is when we fail while being “tested in the furnace of adversity” then do we realize why we failed.

Our motivations and values must be from a higher power. We cannot keep our motivation strong in an environment that fails to provide affirmation. Our driving force cannot come solely from the organization. If it is our sole source of strength we will find our selves on the streets of hopelessness.

Some may struggle with this concept but the fact is this:

Every human being at some point 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. This ‘One’ sees our true value and affirms it in our hearts.

Do you know the ‘One’ source of encouragement that ‘will never leave you not forsake you?’ (Hebrews 13:5)

As leaders if we draw our strength from God we will find that:

Adversity fans the flame but doesn’t snuff it out.

Tribulation suppresses the available air but our passion burns hotter.

And the pain of disappointment only causes 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. The struggles that we encounter are in fact opportunities in disguise.

Got knows that through these 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 am I to learn from this?

What is it that I am missing?

Consider this prayer:

Help us to see the purpose and not just the pain. Give us the strength and the peace to shine Your 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 our journey be one of understanding rather than discouragement. And grant us the wisdom to face each ‘opportunity in disguise’ with a renewed perspective.

In Jesus name,

Amen

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