We live in an economy of fear and uncertainty. An economy that tempts us to be afraid as well; an economy that taunts us when we think about generating excitement and slows us from starting a capital campaign.
I want to remind you to be strong and courageous. Remember that we serve a God that is not bound by our economy and a Savior who is never unsure about our future. Take heart, and do not give up! I know that it is challenging right now, but often where there is fear, there is also great opportunity.
Courage Like David
Consider how David’s leadership was established through his courage, during a time of great uncertainty and fear.
Again the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together.” When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. I Samuel 17:10-11
And notice the effect his courage had on others to act courageously:
When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted and pursued the Philistines as far as the valley, and to the gates of Ekon. I Samuel 17:51-52
Look also at the courage David had to approach the crowd about the temple:
1. David was the first to give. (I Chronicles 29:1-5) He believed in the project, and people followed his example. They believed because he believed.
2. David gave sacrificially and freely. (I Chronicles 29: 2-3, 9) God calls us to be generous as He is generous, to give freely to be an example to the world.
3. David motivated others to give generously. (I Chronicles 29: 3-5) David was not afraid to ask for the gift. He knew how good it was for them to be a part of the project.
4. David found great joy in giving. (I Chronicles 29: 9-20) Christians need to have the joy found in giving.
Courageous Leaders Needed
We live in a moment in time that cries out for courageous leaders. Does David’s example of leadership mirror your own or that of your board?
This is a really good time for you to ask yourself some hard questions. Where are you lacking courage? What are you afraid of? Do you believe in what you are doing? Do you communicate how lives are being changed through the giving of your donors? Are you creating a culture of generosity? Joy?
Take heart, have courage! Don’t give up. What you are doing is important. Never lose the courage to keep dreaming. People are waiting to be inspired. They need leaders that believe.
I would really enjoy hearing your response to this blog. If you are interested in talking about your ministry and own opportunities for generosity, or if you need assistance in finding your dream please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call me at 616-662-1953. Thank you for becoming a part of the conversation!