I’m often called odd when I tell someone my favorite book of the Bible. That book? The book of Ecclesiastes.
For some reason, this specific book speaks volumes to me. I think it’s because of the passage found in chapter 3, verses 1-8:
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted…
This scripture is calming, especially in times of trouble. You know what I mean?
Ecclesiastes tells us there are seasons in life. Good seasons, bad seasons, waiting seasons, seasons of reaping, and seasons of death.
Why This Is Good News For Leaders
You may be wondering how anyone could say that this is good news for leaders. I’m here to tell you that it is!
Leaders face difficult times. Times of tribulation and trouble. You may even think the company is going to go under.
You know what? Ecclesiastes should help ease your anxiety over these frustrating times.
By believing what this scripture says, you know you will face tough times. You know trouble is ahead.
That’s a season of life.
But there’s something else to this verse. For each season, there was an opposite side.
There was death, there was also birth. There was planting, then came the reaping.
Isn’t that good news?
Use This To Your Advantage
You can also use these few verses to your advantage. As you now know, life comes in seasons.
Growth, life, death… Plenty, lack, harvest…
Watch the seasons in your life. Know what the times are looking like. Then plan around them.
When times are good, leaders can get into a habit of overspending.
They feel the harvest has come in and it’s time to spend. The wise leader would rethink this.
He would know that times are good, yes… He would also realize the next season may be a lean season.
Thus, the leader would begin to store away some of the prosperity he’s received. Much like Joseph did as an advisor in Egypt.
We have to take the bad with the good. This doesn’t mean we can’t bring the good into the bad.
Use wisdom and common sense. Create a safety net for those rainy days.
You’ll appreciate it when you realize the seasons changed but you were prepared.