Amy Carmichael tells of visiting a goldsmith in an Indian village where the goldsmith would repeatedly put a small vessel containing gold over a fire, then removed it to take off the dirt, and put it back over the fire.
“How do you know when it is finished?” a bystander asked the smith. “Ah,” he said, “when I see the reflection of my face in the gold, I know it is done.”
As leaders, God constantly places us under His fire. He does this so that he can take away all the dirt and imperfections. He does this until He sees the reflection of His face in our lives.
James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Leaders, if you’re facing difficult times ahead (or even today), let me share with you these 4 awesome ways that will help you stand your ground. It is in this season you are called, lead with God:
- Communicate continually, honestly – people will look to you for direction, they will wait for instruction. Whatever you say, how you say it, even your non-verbal gestures will communicate your confidence. Show 100% dependence on God’s rescue. You’re people need hope, real hope. They need to see you TRUST GOD.
- Embrace this time, face it, love it – God is sovereign and this difficult situation is a part of His plan. Love it. God will build you up, change you up.
- Move forward, charge, never ever retreat – resist the call of defeat and isolation, this is not God’s way. Step forward in faith. I know it’s difficult, but you just have to TRUST GOD to defend you.
- Cheer those around you, stay above the “mess” – you’re not alone, people around you are also experiencing this season.