#3 Uncertain Times Suggestions for Leaders
Questions you can ask yourself - What have I done, what am I doing, what will I do to work for the purpose God created me for? What can I do to be more prepared for a time like this? How is this affecting my business positively and negatively? Make a list and put things into place to support you in times like these. What is God saying to you through this? It is different for everyone.
Things to Remember and Inspiration - Faith and Fear cannot live in the same house. Where there is faith, fear is diminished. Where there is fear, faith cannot survive. “Fear is a liar “as Zach Williams’ song reads. We must be smart and discerning knowing change is inevitable. But if we live in fear mode it is harder to make right decisions and forget that fear is not of God. Faith that “this too shall come to pass” (paraphrase from King Solomon) is important. Faith that God is in control can save lives. There will be peaks and valleys forever. We have a choice in how we handle them and realize them. We have had worse in the world. It is a process and we are so anxious to get to the other side we would like to not go through it even though we have no idea what will be on the other side of this. Have Faith that we will get through this. Peace can surpass all understanding when you have Faith that God is in control.
From the Gottman Institute: And remember, social distancing does not mean isolation.
Trust in the Slow Work of God
Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay We should like to skip the intermediate stages. WE are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability and that it may take a very long time. And so I think it is with you. your ideas mature gradually – let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete. Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine dresser.
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881-1955)