Anyone who has led for any period of time knows that leadership isn’t easy. In fact, leadership will be the most trying thing you ever attempt to do.
Leadership has a funny way of starting out.
You feel a pain. Your heart breaks. You see wrong.
And you feel the need to step up and lead.
Pain Leads To Leadership
Just the other day, I was stung by a sweat bee, I believe. I knew I’d been stung because I felt a burning sensation on my arm.
My first reaction was to get the thing that was stinging me off and away from me. I swatted and swatted and even ripped my shirt off.
It must have been a sight to see.
Once the immediate threat was gone, I also took action to reduce the pain from the sting/bite.
We wiped the area down and applied rubbing alcohol to disinfect the wound.
When I felt the pain, I knew I had to take action.
Get rid of the current threat
Heal the wound
Prevent another wound
Many people who have felt the call to lead did so because they felt a pain.
The pain these leaders felt wasn’t the pain of a sting or a bite but of people who were lost, people who didn’t know where to go, people who didn’t know what to do next.
The pain was just as real but directed towards others.
Find Your Pain
Have you found your pain yet? The pain that drives you crazy and gives you purpose?
Look around you. See who’s hurting. See what’s causing you grief. See where sin is happening.
You can find pain that will drive you to lead.
Your call isn’t to run from this pain. Rather, it’s to run towards the pain you’re feeling.
Embrace the pain. Then fight against what’s causing the pain.
This is where you will find your calling.