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Having spent a lot of time working in the church, I’ve become intimately familiar with the story of the hard driving master and the talents he gave to his servants.

The parable of the talents comes from Matthew 25:14-30. The story goes:

Have you looked around lately? If you have, you might have been surprised to see a shocking lack of good leaders.

We see leaders failing all around us.

Leaders are failing in their marriages

Leaders are failing in their willingness to speak up for what is right

Leaders are failing in taking care of those they lead

Leaders are failing in their push for more

According to the Barna Research Group, 82% of Christians believe the nation is facing a crisis of leadership because there are not enough good leaders.

Now, that’s scary!

Whatever the reason, we see leaders failing to do what is right. We see leaders failing to move forward. We see leaders failing to equip others.

It’s a sad reality and leaves us wondering:

Where did all the good leaders go?

4 Times Not To Give Up

August 24, 2015 — 9 Comments

I want to give up! This isn’t worth me putting in the time and effort anymore.

These are a few thoughts that have gone through my mind lately.

You don't have to give up

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And while there are times to give up, there are also times we shouldn’t give up. Even those these thoughts have filled my mind, I know it’s not time to give up yet.

There’s so much more to do and so many more lives to impact.

Have you been there? Have you felt like giving up?

I’m sure you have. We all go through periods where our desire to lead feels like it’s misdirected.

We believe we need to give up when:

1. We want to give up when we feel our leadership is not producing results: We’ve been taught that results are the product of our effectiveness.

We’re all trying to get somewhere or become something better.

We purchase programs that promise to make us a better person. We attend seminars that are supposed to improve our self-esteem. We watch videos that promise to show us the way.

What’s The Process?

 

The process is simple. The process is the journey we take from where we’re at to where we belong.

God has a plan for our lives. In the end, we should wind up there.

But we struggle and fight and resist the plans God has for us.

We think we KNOW where we’re headed so we push and pull and trip and fall and mess up.

We want our way in the process.

And when we want our way, we get lost.

I’m droggy. I’m congested. And I’m lacking sleep.

I feel like I’ve been in this state forever. But it’s only been a day.

You ever been there? If you’re like most leaders, you have.

Leaders Lack Sleep

In a Gallop study, research shows that, on average, 40% of the US get less than the recommended amount of sleep. That’s a lot of people.

You’re probably one of them. I know I am.

With 40% of the US not getting enough sleep, we can bring that number over to leaders. There’s a good likelihood that 40% of leaders don’t get enough sleep either.

The number is large. This means the problem is large.

When leaders lack sleep, bad decisions are made.

The Importance Of Sleep To A Leader

Lack of sleep carries with it a number of problems. Research bears this out.