Scott Peck begins his bestseller, The Road Less Travelled, with those three short, but profound words, “Life is hard.”
How true. I’ve rarely had an easy day in my 45 years of leadership, and I doubt that you have. Strategic decisions, HR mudholes, making payroll, ethical dilemmas, stakeholder anger, customer frustrations, government inaction, IT screw-ups, the list of leadership challenges is non-stop. And layer on top of that the daily complexities of family finances, marriage expectations, child-rearing, diet and fitness commitments. problems sleeping … the truth is, we can feel overwhelmed.
Yes, life is hard. Life is complicated. We get confused. Anxieties flood in. Events overtake us, and sometimes we just feel powerless to move forward. Where can we find relief, consolation, encouragement, and strength when life is hard and we feel knocked down.
I believe turning to God through prayer is the key to experiencing inner peace, deep comfort, and strength for the journey when every day seems like more white water. Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened down, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) and the Apostle Peter wrote, “Cast all your care upon him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
When life is hard, and we are confused and need wisdom and strength for the leadership challenges ahead…here is a wonderful short appeal to God that I call my “Prayer for Life.” May it encourage you!
“Father, you are full of compassion. I commit and commend myself unto you. Be the Goal of my pilgrimage and my Rest by the way. Let my soul take refuge from the crowding turmoil of worldly thoughts beneath the shadow of your wings. Let my heart, this sea of restless waves, find peace in you. O God. Amen” (St Augustine in Little Book of Prayers.)
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