Our true mettle is revealed not in times of success, but in times of testing… In times of “failure.”
How do you respond when:
- Everything you have worked for over the years disintegrates before your eyes?
- You feel you are no longer viewed by your peers as a paragon of business acumen… no longer perceived as a leader in your field?
- There are lingering, hushed questions as to whether someone else could have done a better job of pulling the company out of the fire?
One of the most sterling individuals I have known is presently going through an excruciating experience. As the CEO of a long-established, respected firm, he has been forced into the painful experience of downsizing in order to survive new market realities.
No one has handled this agonizing process of change with greater dignity than this friend.
Following are excerpts from his recent letter:
“Life is hard, but God is good… The love of God is better than life.
“We’re leading a couples [Bible] study… God is working wonderfully in the lives of all…
“Staying in business is quite a challenge still, yet after incredible downsizing, things seem to be turning around…
“I have gone through a major ‘business lifestyle’ change and am ready to adjust some more as God leads… It has gotten down to focusing on a day at a time, which is where I believe God wants us, but depending on Him daily is still difficult for me, yet at times thrilling.”
Beautiful, isn’t it. We would be fortunate to share his perspective… to possess his godly character. It is obvious that he has learned, in effect, to respond with Job in declaring:
“‘… Naked I came from my mother‘s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.‘ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” (Job 1:21, 22)
QUESTION: Is the present tenor of your life such that IF AND WHEN THE BOTTOM FALLS OUT, you will respond in similar fashion? If not, what changes do you need to be making at this time?