“Leaders must themselves know the valley and how to deal with it. But the time will come when they must lead people, and even entire organizations, through the valley experience. Some leaders will inherit difficult circumstances and lead almost constantly through valleys. Nearly all leaders will have to do so at some point in their careers. These tools seem especially important for leaders whose people must traverse the valley.” (Shepherd Leadership by Blaine McCormick and David Davenport)
Leadership isn’t always fun. We often walk the valley noting the shadows of hurt, depression and issues of caring for those who follow. The pressure seems unending. As you walk these days, remember, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23 NIV)
Nehemiah, Moses and Paul all experienced the valley. David, as a shepherd, set the example and we, leaders of today and tomorrow, need to rely on God’s word and lead others as He is leading us.
Leadership is … following our Heavenly Father so others will follow us as we lead through the valley.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy