To be an effective leader you have to have resolve…grit… fortitude or you will give up when it counts the most! As leaders of organizations that are leading the way we will face obstacles that few face. We will face challenges that are far greater than we could have imagined and if we do not have that resolve, that deep inner desire to take action and find the solution to keep our team moving forward, we will crumble to the circumstance.
James said… “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:2-3
That we should actually find joy in these crazy circumstances that we face not because it is fun going through stressful moments, but because it is refining ourselves as leaders and our organizations. That is why he continues with this statement…
“And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:4
That as we develop resolve or steadfastness we become perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. That these situations pull out the best in us and we start walking in the fullness of our potential. When the balls in our hands and there is a few seconds left on the clock we act. The more we act the more natural those situations become, though still not easy, and the more confident our organization becomes. If you fear challenges to the point of inaction then you are greatly limiting your potential.
So where does this resolve come from? Well James goes on to explain…
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
Resolve comes from Godly wisdom. That we serve a God that moves in the practical just as much as He moves in the spiritual yet many of us never seek Godly wisdom. The Holy Spirit connects with our spirit and gives us wisdom, counsel, knowledge, and understanding if we just ask. Great leaders are leaders that lead through prayer and understand that God speaks and guides His people. However, it doesn’t just end in prayer there must be a response of action that follows the guidance.
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:6-8
Godly wisdom is only complete when we trust the guidance, will, and promises of God. If we waiver like the waves in the sea back and forth then we will not receive anything from God. Resolve is not double-minded in that it does not bounce from trusting God to trusting this rational world. That this audacious resolve trusts fully the nature, the will, and the promises of God. That God always has our best intentions at heart and when He tells us to take steps of faith we will respond with obedience. Even when the answer is bigger than ourselves we trust a God that is bigger than our circumstances.
“The lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.” Deuteronomy 28:8
Have the confidence that God is guaranteeing success in your life when you are trusting the wisdom He gives you and responding to His promises. Your storehouses will be filled and blessings will come with every new opportunity. So build the resolve to fight through the temporary to experience your destiny.