We're about to have a hear-to-heart critical conversation -- with leaders; but especially faith leaders – Pastors! This is essential for your calling, your family, your ministry, but most importantly for YOUR LIFE!
During recent months, we have heard new concepts and concepts being redefined: "shelter in place" - to find a safe place indoors during a disaster and stay there until you are given the "all clear"; taking refuge.
God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
As an "essential worker" for the Kingdom of God, you are required (and equipped) to be a "first-responder"! Receiving divine instruction, how you purposefully re-positioning from your knees to your feet is closely observed by church members, community and other faith-leaders; waiting to her -- what God spoke to YOU!
Your family notices your sleep patterns are disrupted, eating habits shifted, and yes; the Pastor is still leading with intentionality, yet feeling emotionally disconnected. People you know and love are being impacted by a virus. As weeks turn into months, you are finding yourself in a place that does not feel like a mountaintop experience, but a valley ... of the shadow of death. With certainty and deliberateness, you abide in Him; clinching tightly to His word, leaving fingerprints on the pages; squeezing out anything possible to gain clarity, receive wisdom, and yes, even listening to confirm your calling in this present time of trouble! Whose report will you believe?
With intentionality, you hold own to that NOW FAITH - the substance of things hoped for- that we’ll come out of this; the evidence of things not seen! You reach for confidants who have always been there for you (and some who never were); replacing toxic thoughts by humming “…Earthly friends will forsake you; Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand.”
So, what is this? GRIEF - the normal and natural reaction to loss of ANY kind. We experience grief when our hopes, dreams or expectations surrounding a situation or a relationship are unmet. God desires us to be more loving; like Him. In order to be more like Him, grieve like Jesus. Grieving shifts us to a place of compassion! Grieving transforms leaders into being the essential light necessary to pierce the darkness in this world!
Intentional Leaders Must Intentionally Grieve
II Corinthians 12:9b my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Dr. Jacquelin W. Maxwell, CEO JacLovelle Coaching & Consulting Group, LLC
Transformational Coach, Speaker, & Business Consultant
Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist.
Dr. Jacqui' is a visionary leader, destiny coach and behavior specialist with a career spanning over 30 years. She motivates people to push through adversities, eradicate misspoken impossibilities, and face the staggering impact of destiny incompleteness generated by grief & loss.