One of the truest tests of people in leadership is their resolve to get back up again…to never quit! Resilience is a quality that each person who aspires to lead must possess. This is the capacity to endure hardship, take hits, get the wind knocked out and still rise again as though unscathed. This is no easy task mind you. There are tons of people who would be leaders yet they do not have the resilience nor tenacity to push forward. Here are a few things to consider the next time you get knocked down.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that isset before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. Hebrews 12:1-4
1) Cloud of Witnesses
People are watching to see how you will handle the situation you are in. People are waiting to see if you will move forward. People’s decision to follow you into the unknown hinges on how you handle the hardship. A leader must have some fight within him to move forward. Finding the will to fight is all about what we see. A leader sees people who are in need of inspiration, motivation and encouragement and he gives it to them by getting back up and continuing onward! Leaders realize that this is not the first time nor the last time difficulties will come and they are prepared for the fight of their lives. They also look to formidable leaders of the past to learn from their mistakes and successes.
2) Cling to Hope
If there’s anything a leader needs when knocked down, it’s hope! But this is also what the leader must provide for the people. Far too often, when tough times come people resort to being relieved and want ease of pain and suffering. Therefore they result to clinging to “sin” or things that will make they “feel” better but only weigh them down. These things do not provide hope for a future only comfort for a moment. Leaders who rise again provide inspiration for those who are grasping for straws of hope looking for someone or something to believe in.
3) Consider Jesus
As the ultimate leader, Jesus exemplified the resilience we all need to aspire to obtain. From physical beatings to the emotional anguish of being rejected and left alone, Jesus endured the cross despising its shame. It seemed as though he was knocked down, even knocked out when he was killed and yet what did he do but rise again?!! If there’s anyone to model in times of hardship, difficulty, or stress, it’s Jesus.
In becoming someone worth following, we have to remember we are being watched and modeled, we have to provide people with something to hold onto that will lead them to the desired future and we have to be like Jesus and get back up again!
Who are your cloud of witnesses? Who’s watching you? Who are you watching?
What hardships, difficulties, or decisions are you facing that will affect the people around you?
How are you handling those? Are you depressed? Are you an inspiration? Where do you get your motivation? How can you motivate others?
To what are you clinging to and holding onto as your source of relief? Where is your hope?
How can you provide hope for others?
As a leader, are you casting a vision of hope or are you casting shadows of doubt?
Take some time and look back on your life, consider your own resilience and ability to overcome. As you look at your life, how has God resurrected you? How has God breathed new life into you again? How can you be more like Jesus today? Have you fallen or failed as a leader? Seek forgiveness and get back up again! Jesus rose for our justification and to empower us to overcome with Him! Get back up and keep moving forward!