The Burden of Leadership

Countless books have detailed the rewards of being a leader or the pitfalls that leaders often face.

But not many people have tackled the tough topic of the burdens that leaders often are called upon to carry.

Quite frankly, it’s not surprising. Most people would scatter at the door when faced up front with the inevitable weight they will eventually have to carry. God never promises to give us grace in advance, just that He will give us grace when we need it.

And praise the Lord, when the burden of leadership begins to grow heavy, He is always there to lift it off our shoulders if we would just ask.

The other morning I woke up early—-very early. It’s not often that I find myself wide awake at 3:44 AM, but on this particular morning that is exactly what happened. I’ve noticed that these early morning hours usually come when God has something special to talk to me about, or on days that someone else is in need of prayer and I’m the reinforcement called upon to lift them up to the throne room of grace.

After rolling over and looking at the clock, I decided that it would decidedly be in my best interests to get up and see what God had in store for our early morning chat. As I opened my Bible to the Proverbs of the day, God struck a chord in my heart and showed me a truth that I certainly need to keep in mind.

“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.” Proverbs 12:24

Bearing burdens is a necessary part of leadership. It’s not something that should be dreaded; it’s something that should be enthusiastically embraced. This burden is a privilege, especially contrasted with the flipside of slothfulness. Plus, the beautiful thing is, we don’t have to bear the burden alone.

God never promises that leadership will be easy, but He does promise that He will see us through the difficult seasons.

When you are faced with tough decisions, the need to stand alone in the midst of uncertainty, and carrying the burden of responsibility, remember that there is One who is bigger than your burdens.

He’s waiting for you at the Cross. Lay your burden down at His feet and ask Him to carry it.

It’s time to stop trying to run the world and let the One who created it keep it spinning.

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