Have you ever had one of those weeks? You know the kind. When anything that can go wrong, does go wrong. When it seems like everything that you’ve been working towards just falls apart.
This past week has been one of those weeks for me. Maybe not quite to the extent that it seems as though everything is falling apart. But I have been presented with some good size obstacles this week. The kind that always show up just as I’m about to get ahead and really start moving forward.
The good news, I believe, is that this a is sign of growth. At the very least it’s a growth opportunity. We all want to grow and become massively influential leaders, but there in lies the paradox. We don’t just wake up one day and -Poof! You’re magically a better leader and more influential. There is only one way to grow in both leadership and influence- by overcoming challenges. Plain and simple. Without challenges we can’t grow.
So I have decided to embrace my challenges of the past week as growth opportunities. I take it as a compliment from God that He believes I’m ready to overcome bigger challenges. These struggles are actually a good sign. They mean that God is answering my prayers. He is giving me opportunities to grow in wisdom, faith, and leadership. I recognize these obstacles as stepping stones to growing into the leader that I have been created to become.
If you pray for wisdom and more influence to expand God’s kingdom here on earth, don’t be so arrogant as to decide how God should answer that prayer. God answers prayers in His own way and in His own time. If you pre-determine how you think God should answer your prayer odds are you are going to miss the answer. God is not some “genie of the lamp”, some granter of wishes. God is our benevolent Heavenly Father. He knows how to shape and mold us into the leader that He created each of us to be. Stay faithful and quiet your mind. God answers all prayers. Make sure you are looking and listening. God’s plans for us aren’t always obvious to our feeble human minds.