Leading From a Cave

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to speak to a group of students in Bethel University's "Foundational Leadership Program." My sister is the coordinator and she invited me to kick-off their fall session of speakers. The topic I was given was faith and perseverance.

I focused the talk on encouraging leaders to remain faithful to God and to persevere through 'cave moments' in their leadership. I talked about how both David and Joseph had keep going and push through some very tough moments in their lives before they were able to accomplish the things God had prepared for them.

The fact is that we will all, in leadership and in life, face moments where life is dark, cold, disorienting, and lonely. There will be times we don't know where we are going or where we have come from. And it is in those times we have to cling to the promises of God and to draw our strength from the hope that God is preparing us for something greater. I borrowed a line from a pastor out east and said that leaders have to learn to change their perspective and view the challenges they face not as setbacks but as divine setups.

I enjoyed sharing with the students and will post a link to the talk when I find it.