Day 42 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Shift from Inward, to Outward and Upward!

Counselors and therapists have long advised those suffering from depression to find a way to help someone else. By taking the focus off their own problems, even temporarily, they are able to gain perspective and increase their own sense of self-worth, while they add value to another. Perhaps some of you have employed this strategy and reaped these same benefits.

Job used a similar strategy. In the midst of his deepest despair and after suffering tragic losses, he prayed for his friends. Keep in mind that these were the friends that didn’t speak right of God. In addition, they accused Job of being sinful and bringing on the tragedies that befell him even though he was faultless in that regard. Notice what happened to Job after he prayed for others: After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10.

As I write, How to Lead by THE BOOK, I am compelled to include more and more strategies for coping with and prospering despite difficult times. In yesterday’s post I presented the importance of praying for daily bread. Praying for others, even when your own needs are pressing, reflects an unwavering faith in God as you demonstrate that you have confidence enough in His care that you are able to focus your attention on the welfare of others. This unselfish act of prayer when surrounded by difficulty cultivates humility and stills your anxious soul with a sense of peace promised in Psalms 46:10: Be still and know that I am God. “Be still” doesn’t mean to be passive. It does mean to temporarily suspend what you’re trying to accomplish by and for yourself, shifting your focus from inward, to outward, and upward.

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