Leadership does not arise during comfortable, easy times. Great leadership often arises during chaotic, desperate times. The questions for every would-be leader or actual leader are these: How well do you handle pressure? How well do you handle difficult times? When chaos comes, do you see a bunch of obstacles or do you see a bunch of opportunities?
It is ok to wrestle with yourself from time to time. You have to take the time to do a personal inventory check to see what you're made of. Wrestle with your doubts, fears, questions, concerns, motives, and those things you might consider goals.
Sometimes before you go up against an external challenge, you must first take on an internal challenge. God allows times of testing to come to show you what you are made of, to get you to see how you really can make it in Him.
Pressure has to come on the outside of you so you can see whatever is inside of you come out. Bishop T.D. Jakes gave an illustration recently about toothpaste in a tube. He said that in order to see what's inside of a tube of toothpaste, you have to apply pressure to the tube or squeeze it to get the toothpaste to come out. If we are honest with ourselves, we'll admit that we don't like pressure. We don't like being pushed, or pulled, or squeezed. We don't like being uncomfortable. But I'd argue that those who have settled for mere ease and comfort are not doing things that will challenge them to grow and do great things. I am convinced that many people have yet to see greatness come out of them because they have yet to experience real pressure.
When pressure comes, don't settle for the status quo or shrink back to mediocrity. When pressure comes, stand strong and embrace it, for if you endure it, you can come forth like a diamond. Haters might have said you wouldn't make it. But from the trial of fire, you can come forth like pure gold!
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.