4 Simple, Empowering Statements

As ministry leaders, our focus is to lead. And even as new or a seasoned leaders, we can begin to question our purpose and the plan for our lives. There are some days when we wonder if God could’ve possibly made a mistake, and we question our leadership potential.

I get it. In fact, I live it, everyday.

But it’s important to recognize the difference between what we “feel” and what God says. So let’s take a look at four simple, empowering statements that you should say and believe as you lead:

I am called and chosen.

The calling on your life is directly from God. He called you. He chose you. He is who determines your purpose. No one, other than God, has ever had a say in His plan and direction for any of us. However, there will be moments when you'll feel ill-equipped and less than capable for the call on your life. It’s natural. This call into ministry can easily cultivate self-doubt. However, in these moments, remember that being chosen by God also means relying on Him to empower and equip you to complete the mission put before you. God has already placed within you the gifts and talents and abilities you need to succeed while you lead. He’s equipped you to do it! So when doubt and uncertainty begins to fill your mind, remind yourself and accept this as truth. If He has called you to it, He will always see you through it! {Read Psalm 138:8}

I am enough.

Yes, you really are. We all are. In the busiest of days when your schedule is on overload, dinner is fast-food, the church staff meeting was heated and you haven’t had a face-to-face conversation with your spouse in over a week...remember to keep saying, "I am enough". There is truly a battle raging from the enemy to occupy our minds and lead us to believe that we don't have what it takes and we’re not enough for the journey we’re on. Let me tell you, God chose you because He believes in you and in your potential. So give yourself some grace and do what you can, when you can, and then get up tomorrow, and take another step. The lack you are feeling is not from God. He loves you, adores you and truly believes that you have what it takes. Now you have to continue to believe it also. {Read Hebrews 10:35-36}

I cannot be all things to all people.

You can be something to someone, but you cannot be everything to everyone. When I first started in ministry, I tried to do it all and reach everyone. I thought that I was a failure if I didn’t introduce them to Jesus, lead them in the salvation prayer, help them along their journey, minister through every hardship and question, and be there for the midnight, 2-hour phone call. It…was…exhausting.  And I found out very quickly that I could not keep up that pace and still stay fully engaged with my husband, my daughters and my church. Seriously, my sanity was a stake. So I continue to ask God to guide me and show me those who I can personally invest in deeply. My purpose and calling are still in place, I’ve just learned to let go of that crazy motive to try to get to each and every human on the earth. Not only is it physically impossible, it’s so spiritually unhealthy. So I want to encourage you today to let go of feeling bad or guilty or less than when people tug and you feel pulled and let God lead you. {Read Proverbs 16:9}

I will be an example of love, grace, compassion and forgiveness.

Uggh. This one is hard. As a leader in ministry, the very thing that God requires of you becomes the very thing that may be the hardest. Love, grace, compassion and forgiveness, seriously God?! When they’re talking negatively about my husband? When they don’t want to adapt to change? When they watch my kids’ every move and criticize? When they are mean and vindictive and hateful and just rude?!!!! Yes, all of those times. Let’s stay reminded; we are leaders…who are leading. And while you can be frustrated and complain to God and even to a good friend, Jesus says, be like Me.  And if we’re to be like Jesus, then showing love, grace, compassion and forgiveness is who we are too. This makes us different than the world around us, and honestly, it strengthens us to be more equipped at leading others. How can we expect anyone to follow our lead if we aren’t leading like Jesus? {Read Luke 10:30-35}

This resource written by Linda Seidler for Leading and Loving It