FRIDAY, MARCH 29
“Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
Hebrews 13:17 ESV
PRAYING FOR HOW OUR LEADERS’ JOY
Years ago, I(Larry) had dinner with a youth pastor who was battling depression. This guy was very disciplined spiritually, a gracious leader, a good husband and father and spent time regularly loving God and loving others. Yet, he was struggling. He had gone to a counselor and was encouraged to use some medication to help with his clinically diagnosed depression. One of the things that stood out to me was his fear to tell his church about his depression. He was afraid they would think less of him. I reminded him that he needed his church to pray for him and walk with him through this journey. And I also reminded him that they needed him to be honest so that others who were struggling would know that they’re not alone and not any less valuable because they are struggling.
All who have been in leadership (if they are honest) would readily acknowledge that being a leader can be a thankless, even grievous task. They would also acknowledge that depression or discouragement is a battle at times. The author of Hebrews reminds us that it is to our advantage when our leaders lead with “joy” and not with “groaning.”
The Apostle John wrote in 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” One of the greatest rewards for any Christian leader is to see the people who are following their leadership growing in their faith. Many of you reading this are a source of great joy for the leaders in this church. The biggest way you can encourage our leaders is to pray for them. But another way you can encourage them is to share how God has used them to help you grow. Maybe write a note or send an email to a leader in your life sharing some specific ways God has used them to help you “walk in the truth.”