Ministry isn't for the faint of heart. There are days when you feel as though no one is in your corner, no one really cares how many hours you're putting in, or why you do what you do. As much as we love what we were called to do, there are days when it's really tough to put one foot in front of the other.
I know it doesn't even feel right to say this but, bad days are critical to the continued success of our ministries. We need to walk through periods in ministry when it seems that we are getting nowhere.
1. We need to be reminded that God's power is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9) Sometimes we need to be reminded that it's not really us who is in control.
2. Walking through trials allows others to see what you're made of. It provides confidence in the leader.
3. Humility is a trait that leaders need to possess and, all too often, we don't. Bad days remind me that I'm very much human and, without Jesus am unable to lead the ministry He's called me to.
4. Just like a beautiful piece of pottery is made in the heat of the kiln, we are often changed for the better during times of trial. (....perseverance produces character..Romans 5:3) None of us likes to admit it but, in hindsight we often see that the fire we've just walked through has purified us.
5. True moments of creativity are often birthed as the result of problem solving an issue at hand. Many of our best ideas come while on the front lines of battle.
While none of us would choose the bad days and periods of trial over the great days in ministry, the bad days are beneficial to our continued growth as a leader.
How about you? What good things do you see that come as a result of bad days in leadership?