When we are facing setbacks or get stuck, there are a few steps we can take to help us get unstuck. First of all, our identity has to be as loved children of God. Positionally, no matter what the circumstance or situation, this is where we reside. Once we understand that, whether we’re knocking the cover off the ball and killing it, or we’re going bankrupt and losing everything, positionally we’re all in the same place. This will give us the ability to look at setbacks with courage and to seek to understand what happened.
The second step is to gain courage by surrounding ourselves with people who know us and love us. I think that the key to being a great leader is to be around people who know you. Not only to surround yourself with those people but to be vulnerable with those people. If you are in a relationship, but not telling the truth, then how can you be helped? The Word of God gives us wisdom saying that two are better than one because they can help each other and that we should spend time around those that are wise and can sharpen us (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Proverbs 27:18, Proverbs 13:20).
I am consulting with a multi-generational business, and after five generations of business, the current generation has run into some problems. The fear and the shame that this CEO is experiencing about the business setbacks is overwhelming and paralyzing to him, which makes him want to withdraw instead of reach out. Friends of his have called advisers in on his behalf to help him through this. The situation reminds me of the story in Mark 2 where the paralytics friends take the roof off and lower him down through the roof to Jesus. We can learn a lot about God and his heart towards us by experiencing help from good friends. I cannot emphasize this enough; when looking to create a legacy, we cannot do it alone. God did not build his legacy alone! Whether in business, ministry, or family, to build a legacy requires us to be willing to receive help to shift and adjust, to be ready to love well, and willing to find people who will come alongside you in the struggle.
The third step is to commit your situation to prayer. Praying about it takes some courage, but it is also not something that can be done in isolation and hiding. Once you have had help to expose the setbacks and the feelings or fears that you are experiencing, allow your friends to pray with you. The redemptive plan is to bring God’s kingdom into every circumstance that you enter, not just the spiritual ones; God wants to break through and redeem setbacks in building a business or the legacy of a business.
Overcoming setbacks is what happens when we align ourselves with the Lord and with people who are trustworthy and who love us. This is where we see miracles happen all the time and they’re practical miracles. Yes, it’s incredible to see people healed of cancer, but the ministry that I’ve been in has been the ministry of a practical miracle where businesses have been saved (as well as jobs, hope, relationships and faith being saved, too) because people have reached out and accepted help from others, they were willing to take steps to do practical things to resolve it. Things like putting their focus back on cash flow instead of on company culture, or walking away from projects they like, but that are draining the business of funds.
The power to overcome setbacks is something God has given to all of us! If we take steps to make sure our identity is strongly based in being a child of God, commit the issue to prayer, and reach out for help, I find most setbacks can and will be overcome!
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