My prayer this morning with the Lord was something He showed me a little over a year ago that I have prayed many times. “Lord, let me be a sensitive to your voice as I am to my cell phone!”
In the environment in which we currently find ourselves, change is a daily and sometimes hourly occurrence. Our hearts and spirits must be steadfast on Jesus to maintain a Christ centered focus but certainly aware of what it taking place around us. Definitely spend more time with Him than watching the news! As leaders we have been thrust into things that we had not planned for nor have a reference to. There are many powerful thoughts shared in many places surrounding all that is taking place. Here is a quote from Michael Hyatt that was a good reminder for me this morning!
These are stressful times for leaders. With the uncertainty in the marketplace, it’s tempting to adopt worst-case thinking and become reactive. Here’s a simple tip for keeping a growth mindset despite the current crisis. Ask yourself, “What does this make possible?”
In light of world events I would encourage you to look to alternate ways to continue to “do church” than what you have done 1 or 2 weeks ago. One of the hard challenges is that normal church brings us all together where in the current scenario, they are asking us to distance ourselves from each other. Whether you agree with all that is being said or not, we need to walk in wisdom.
Let me close with a few verses I shared with the staff yesterday:
1 Peter 5:8-12 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. 9 Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. 10 The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ — eternal and glorious plans they are! — will have you put together and on your feet for good. 11 He gets the last word; yes, he does. (The Message)