Inspiration for Every Leader by Scott Wennermark
Seven Bible Verses Full Inspiration for Every Leader
Every leader experiences highs and lows and needs inspiration. In the lowest of times, distress and depression can threaten to take over, and diminish the “highs” we’ve achieved. As leaders, it’s important to receive encouragement from the greatest leadership text of all time — The Bible. Here are seven verses that will bring you rest and peace as you reflect on them.
The Lord says, “I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you.” ~ Psalm 32:8 (GNT)
Before consulting a colleague or going online, look first to God for His perspective. And — here’s the hard part — wait for the answer.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. ~Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)
You don’t have to go it alone! Glean wisdom from those who have walked before you.
So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest. Galatians 6:9 (GNT)
Be patient as you wait for your good work to bring positive results. Consider the periods of “leading little” as growth opportunities build the endurance muscles needed to lead during “big” or difficult times.
He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (GNT)
You can trust God to equip you for what He has called you to accomplish. God wants to supply your needs.
But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all. ~ James 1:5 (GNT)
God enjoys bestowing His wisdom on His people.
For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 (GNT)
Do not be afraid! He is our source of courage. The need for courage in leadership rears its head daily. With every decision, the potential of disappointment and criticism is looming and the temptation of doubt can become confusing.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~ Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
With a heart of gratitude, present every need to the Father. In prayer, we are both supplicating for God’s guidance and also asking for God to move within us to share His perspective.
Corrie Ten Boom, a courageous leader who was imprisoned when she and her family provided concealment to Jews during World War II, said this:
Look within and be depressed.
Look without and be distressed.
Look at Jesus and be at rest.
Ten Boom understood the pressure of an ever-changing world as well as the turbulent inner struggles of the human heart, and had concluded that only by looking to Jesus could we experience true peace. Her leadership landscape, though remarkably different from our own, led her to seek Peace with a capital P, and as pressured, busy leaders, we can learn from her words, “Look at Jesus and be at rest.”
In all seasons of leadership, be encouraged by God’s desire to guide your steps.
Scott Wennermark is the Director of Strategic Advancement for the American Bible Society. He is the founder of the .BIBLE top-level domain (www.get.bible), which is helping to shape the future of the Internet by creating a new space for Bible-inspired content.
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