As a little kid, I was as stubborn as a mule. In my eyes, I didn’t see the need to brush my teeth or make my bed, or help out around the house at all for that matter. I gave my grandparents a run for their money! Now, I am thankful that I have always had that stubbornness in me to persevere through obstacles and difficulties that come my way. It is inevitable, tough times will come.
In September of 2000, I first stepped into High School not speaking a word of English. I had just moved to the United States to reunite with my mother and to pursue new opportunities. Leaving friends and family behind was difficult and trying to immerse myself into a new culture and new way of living was challenging to say the least. It would have been easy to just throw in the towel and accept the lie that I wasn’t smart enough to learn a new language and practice new customs. But I knew that in order to succeed in life I needed to persevere and not give up as I learned the language and adapted to the culture.
Perseverance doesn’t always come easy. I can tell you that through the years, from a young age, I faced circumstances of difficulty that were not easy to overcome. Yet, through my failures, the Holy Spirit’s guidance has given me strength. I’ve learned to stay the course of my calling to lead. A calling that has been slowly developing but through perseverance continues to be revealed in my life.
Here are a few principles that I’ve learned (so far) through perseverance:
1. Perseverance is a quality common among great leaders.
A great leader seeks their God-given purpose in life, knows where they’re going and how to get there. While that is important, if the leader doesn’t have steady persistence to stay the course in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement, they may not lead successfully to achieve their goals or to get where they want to be.
2. All leaders will face unexpected obstacles that will require perseverance.
As you lead your team through the obstacle it’s important to stay the course. Try not get distracted and keep your eye on the end goal. A great team leader will look at the obstacle straight in the face and figure out a solution and quickly implement methods to help correct the situation.
3. God will give you strength to the end.
It’s too soon to quit. Moses was one of the greatest leaders handpicked by God. God had a purpose for his life. But he had a choice to make. Moses could’ve quit many times. Could you imagine if he gave up at every obstacle he faced? His story wouldn’t be one of perseverance if he gave in to those discouragements. Instead, he trusted that God would be his strength and guidance through adversity.
James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
As I learn to lead with excellence at Next Level Church, I know that there will be challenges to overcome. Perseverance is a journey. Each day will consist of choices that will impact our future. I choose to be encouraged by James 1:12 and know that God will give me strength to persevere to the end.