In our staff meeting today, we were talking about leadership styles and drawing some thoughts from a book one of our staff members read called Jesus CEO. Part of the time was spent talking about different leadership styles, but then we talked about “wilderness experiences.” We were all asked to think about a difficult experience we have gone through that has helped us identify our gifts.
As we were talking, I thought about a chapter out of Mark Batterson’s In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. I read this book a few years ago and am re-reading it now (review coming soon).
In one of the chapters I read over the weekend Batterson wrote this: “I have a theory: The more problems you have, the more potential you have to help people. One of the most paralyzing mistakes we make is thinking that our problems somehow disqualify us from being used by God. Let me just say this: If you don’t have any problems, you don’t have any potential.”
All of us have problems (most of which I’m sure we wouldn’t post in a blog), but it was reassuring that in spite of our problems, God still sees potential in us. Rather than allowing our wilderness experiences to force us to feel disqualified, we can see them as tools God uses to refine us. Think I’m still learning that one.