3) When outward stability is gone, find it inside.
In both business and church, there is very little that feels stable, and where it does, it’s not guaranteed.
This is not a “doom and gloom” perspective; in fact, I’m very hopeful. It’s merely an observation of how current culture is operating.
So much has changed, continues to change, and we are not yet sure where it will land.
In times like these, it’s best to find true stability within yourself.
The kind of stability that finds its foundation in Christ and is not shaken by what’s going on around you.
That doesn’t mean it’s easy, it’s still disruptive, but genuine peace can be found if our faith becomes the foundation of our inner stability.
A great approach to spiritually-based stability and strength is to focus on the evidence of the Holy Spirit within you.
One by one, cultivate the maturing of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control within you.
In my personal prayer life, I’ve been praying one or two specific “fruit” over each family member and others close to me. It’s powerful to watch what God does!
4) Remember your calling.
A tremendous source of stability and strength in a time of disruption is your specific call to ministry. Remember it in detail.
Recall or even write down what God said in as much detail as you can. Remember what you felt. Reflect on why it was clear and compelling enough for you to give your life to it.
Your divine purpose is an incredibly powerful force within you, and it’s surprisingly easy to lose sight of it during prolonged stress, pressure, and disruption.
Don’t lose sight of the purpose God designed within you. It will sustain you through any difficulty life can throw at you.
If you are not feeling stressed or wishing your life and leadership had greater stability, this exercise will only fuel you even deeper and allow your effectiveness to be stronger.
The reason is gratitude.
When you are sincerely in touch with all God has placed within you and designed for you to do, gratitude is the natural response. And gratitude is a powerful motivator.
My call to ministry was crystal clear.
It was not in a moment, it happened over a length of time, and God used very specific people and circumstances to unfold it as I was ready to receive it.
But it has kept me going for some thirty-nine years and counting. I’m still as fired up today as back then.
I pray the same is true for you.
This article originally appeared here.