For the leader who feels a bit stretched, weary and heavy-hearted, this is for you. If this past year left you with a few bumps and bruises, take a moment to rest and breathe. Breathe in the love of the Lord, even if it’s hard. Although this year was not good, He is good.
Breathe in His promises, love and truth as you settle in to listen and learn from the Beloved. This is what the Father says to you:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
As you think through the ups and downs of the past year, hold lightly the victories and failures. Instead, hold tight to His love, His presence and each moment He came through for you.
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.(Isaiah 41:10)
Sometimes we move so fast we miss the miracles. Soak in the miracles of the year however big or small. Remember the sorrows, but meditate on His goodness.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
Whether you lead at home, in an office, on a team, at a hospital, in a classroom, in a restaurant, or on the field, lead and love in your mission field, which has been gifted to you for the time being. Whether you love where you are or are searching for what is next, be fully present in your loving and leading.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
If the year left you feeling more emptied than fulfilled, have hope. You are in the company of saints, martyrs and heroes like Job, Paul, Mary and Joseph. If your heart is ready to leave the past year behind, then make friends with the former year and receive the gift of a new year knowing you are seen, known and cared for.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)
It’s better to be walking with the Lord and to suffer, than to never suffer, but never know His presence. So may you have hope and courage in His presence and in suffering and in celebration.
He is there and He is pleased. You’ve led and loved well.