Even when it’s good, living for God can be hard. On any given day, the decisions we face can be overwhelming, whether we face one or two big ones or a number of small ones that have a cumulative effect. If you’re a leader bent on honoring God, you must not only mind your decisions and decision-making abilities, but also your heart and head. The best leaders lead from within while depending on power from above.

If you find that living for Christ is easy, it may be a sign that you aren’t living for him to your utmost. Take 2 Timothy 4:5 (NIV) for instance. It’s a powerful reminder that leadership takes sobriety, steadfast determination and an unwavering commitment to finish what you start:

“As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

The stress of leadership — whether within a family, a business, or a church — can have an intoxicating effect. It can pressure us to think like someone who’s drunk or high. If we think like a drunkard, it’s only time before we act like one. A lack of clear thinking hinders many people from fulfilling the calling God placed on their lives.

What about you? Have you allowed hardship to derail you? Are you distracted with things that don’t really matter? Have you in any way settled for less than God’s best for you and your life? Now is a great time to get back on track, to be sober-minded and to do what God called you to do.

Here’s a great podcast to accompany today’s blog.
It’s called, “Your Great Need for Humble Courage.” Give it a listen and let me know what you think. In the meantime, don’t let anything or anybody deter you from God’s calling in your life!

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I publish my blogs here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy, chime in.

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