#1 – “God Made Me Aware Of This Situation So That I Can Pray About it.”
One of the things that bothers me about the body of Christ is how often Christians will actually use prayer as an excuse for inactivity. When we pray about something we should be ready to act in accordance to what we are praying for.
If we are leaders, that means Jesus gave us the spiritual gift of leadership…TO LEAD! AND…if he makes us aware of things it is because He has gifted us and is entrusting us to LEAD through the situation and not so we can just be passive about it.
#2 – “I Must Have All Of The Answers.”
The leader who believes this lie will stress himself out and allow worry (and/or pride) to dominate his life.
Leaders DON’T have all of the answers. Trust me…the longer I do this the more I don’t know what the heck I am doing, which leads to the next lie…
#3 – “I Cannot Ask Anyone For Help Because Doing So Will Make Me Look Weak.”
Actually the opposite is true…operating in your own power and constantly making stupid decisions is actually what makes a leader look weak! God placed people in our lives to HELP US OUT…and when we ask for help people DO NOT lose respect for us…they actually respect us more (AND are WAY more likely to buy into a decision in which they had input.)
#4 – “I Cannot Slow Down.”
Jesus did ask us to give Him our best…but He didn’t ask to us fry ourselves in the process.
I had a counselor tell me recently, “In the Bible God calls those who will not work LAZY…but He calls those who will not rest DISOBEDIENT!” (DANG!)
At the end of the day a leader MUST come to grips with this statement…WE CANNOT MANUFACTURE A MOVE OF GOD. So many of us try…and get so caught up in doing ministry that we have no time to actually walk with Him.
If you feel like you can’t slow down, can’t take a day off then you value yourself way more than you value the supernatural power of God. Take a breath…HE REIGNS!
#5 – “The Longer I Do This The Easier It Will Become.”
The easiest day I ever had in leading this church was January 16, 2000…it’s became more challenging every single day since.
I used to think there would be a day where I would be so natural at this stuff that I would be able to make leadership decisions without any type of struggle. I used to think I would one day get past my insecurities. I used to think that one day I would not lay awake at night wrestling with decisions that needed to be made…
I WAS WRONG!
The longer we lead the more desperate for God we should became…because it becomes more and more obvious to us that we are not as good as we think we are, and HE is WAY BETTER than we could have EVER imagined!