Running on Empty?
Running on Empty?
You May Need a Leadership Revival!
This season of the year, as Christians, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Let’s think about that word – resurrection. The first thing that comes to mind is rising from the dead. If we dig a little deeper, we find that resurrection has several different meanings.
According to Dictionary.com resurrection is defined as:
1. the act of rising from the dead.
2. the rising of Christ after His death and burial.
3. the rising of the dead on Judgment Day.
4. the state of those risen from the dead.
5. a rising again, as from decay, disuse, etc.; revival.
6. Christian Science. A rising above mortality through the understanding of spiritual life as demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
A rising again, as from decay, disuse, etc.; revival. Spring is a time of revival. We rise again from the dead leaves and dormant, bare branches and see green leaves and colorful blooms all around. We open the windows to let the stale air out and fill our homes with the fresh smells of spring. We revive the house with spring cleaning. Many of us seek revival in our spiritual lives through a Lenten sacrifice.
As leaders, we may sometimes find ourselves decayed, disused, and exhausted. We need a leadership revival. So, where does one go to get a leadership revival? The Bible – of course!
In Isaiah 40:31 we read these encouraging words, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV) Everyone, at some point in time, has or will find themselves decayed, disused, and exhausted. It is very easy to become fragmented during those times and get off our normal routines. Many times, the first thing to go is our daily quiet time, whether it be to sleep a few more minutes, to get a jump on our overwhelming day and send some emails, or simply because we are frustrated and may not feel “qualified” to be in God’s presence. When this happens, we start to experience things like strains in relationships, discontentment, and withdrawal. It becomes difficult to find joy and happiness.
Remember the Footprints prayer?
One night I had a dream...
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.
God loves us and wants to carry us through these times and give us renewed strength. However, this is sometimes easier said than done.
What are some practical ways we can keep our hope in the Lord and experience our leadership revival?
- Keep pressing on with prayer and Bible study – even if it’s just a little each day! Somedays may be harder than others
- Find an accountability partner. Someone you trust that will pray for and with you, encourage you and be HONEST with you! Talk things out with them.
- Exercise. Exercise is a known stress reliever and will also release those “happy” endorphins!
As you embark on your revival journey, know that God is with you all the way and will never leave you nor forsake you no matter how long your journey may be.
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