I have two very good friends who separately are going through extremely difficult times in their leadership assignments. Because of the significant issues they are both facing, I think they may believe that quitting is an option.
What is the most difficult part of leadership for most people?
What causes lots of potential leaders to say “no!” to leadership opportunities?
What brings down more leaders than any other enemy?
They can’t see their way through today’s problems so they can enjoy tomorrow’s victories.
The hassles just get the best of them. The aggravations they face are so great, they lose vision of a better future. They can’t take any more problems that are associated with having others follow them.
So they wear down, get tired, get discouraged, burn out. And quit.
Think about how Jesus succeeded with the greatest hassle ever: (Hebrews 12:2) “keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.” (HCSB) Just before that statement, we are told: “Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us…” (verse 1b)
Jesus endured it. He despised it. But He conquered it!
Are the joys of tomorrow worth the hassles of today? They have to be!
Don’t give up. If you’re doing God’s work, it will be worth it. The joy of tomorrow will make today’s problems seem miniscule.
II Corinthians 4:17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! (NLT)
Romans 8:18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (NLT)
You bet your life it’s worth it!