One of the most difficult parts about leading is feeling helpless/unqualified to those you are called to lead.
“But Lord, I’m supposed to have the answers…I need the right words to say in this moment and I feel at a complete loss for words.”
“I need to console but no one in my family has taught me how to show love.”
“I need to encourage but I feel broken.”
“I’m being asked to stand up for someone but my boss at my job shuts me out and puts me down.”
Leaders are faced with immense battles that often lie in the area of inexperience. We so often lack the knowledge and skills needed to navigate but somehow, someway we manage to find a life raft and surf like pros. God reaches into deep unknown places and plants the grace we need for our unfamiliar, foreign moments. He becomes the stamp on our passport to qualify us to trek in unchartered territory and to accomplish the insurmountable; all the while leaving us in awe as we watch the minutes and seconds unfold into a great testimony for his glory.
No one but God will ever know why and how you were called to your position. Science, statistics and human reason will never be able to explain it. It’s simply a God-thing ordained by his will and perfected through his work in you. To my leaders who struggle to feel qualified to tread in deep waters, remember that your lifeguard walks on water and he has empowered you to do and achieve great works in this life. He prepared you for this moment before you were born and he created others to grow and develop from the gifts that you possess.
You are the best inexperienced leader this world has ever seen. The skill of Noah and the wisdom of Daniel live in your DNA. Take hold of your moment. Take hold of your position. Grab hold of God’s grace. This is your moment. You were made for it. Expect to excel at the seemingly impossible. Expect to accomplish the very thing your resume says you lack.
Prayer: Dear God, in the moments when I feel unqualified due to my failures, my past, and my mistakes, I ask that you remind me of your all-sufficient grace. Remind me that I am loved with a confident, unfailing love. Strengthen my heart. Encourage my spirit. Remind me that I can do all things through you because you live in me, and I in you. Remind me that this is my destiny and that I was made for it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
To my leaders, be encouraged to never stop encouraging yourself and reminding yourself that you have been appointed by God; not even your doubts can stop what God has planned to do in you and through you (Revelation 3:8). Remember the promises of God–they do not fail.
Scriptures: Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)