Have you asked yourself, “why? … are things so difficult … am I on the right course … am I really doing what I feel called to do?” Thanks to my friend, Dorothy Burton (President of Christians in Public Service), I’m sharing some great wisdom:
Whom God loves He chastises to make better and whom He promotes He prepares to make wiser. If we don’t understand the ways of God, we will be discouraged by His ways of preparation. God never promotes without first preparing. He prepares us for leadership by the very things we will face in leadership — failure, loss, ridicule, opposition, betrayal, defeat, humiliation, brokenness, lack, distress, loneliness, and despair. He knows if we faint now, we will falter then. Leadership is tough, but preparation is tougher. It has to be. The height of our promotion is always determined by the depth of our preparation. The harder the preparation, the higher the promotion. If you trust Him now, you will thank Him later.
Preparation always precedes promotion. Let’s thank God for the preparation work He’s doing in each of our lives and pray for the leaders He is preparing for tomorrow.
“Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.” (2 Corinthians 5:5)