Being a leader can be lonely. Whether you are the president, CEO, Executive Director, or owner of an organization, leadership can create a sense of isolation. Being an excellent leader requires doing the right thing when others do not understand or agree. It means staying true to the mission and vision. It means consistently practicing self-control, service, and sacrifice.
To combat loneliness, it is important to befriend others who are wise and trustworthy. However, it is even more important to realize that the God you serve is the God who sees you.
Genesis 16 gives the account of Abram and Sarai who were unable to conceive a child, and Sarai’s slave named Hagar. Sarai planned that Hagar to be a surrogate mother. However, when Hagar became pregnant, the relationships in the household went awry. Hagar’s mistreatment became too much to bear. Devoid of strength and hope, she ran away under the scorching sun.
In this setting the angel of the Lord appeared to Hagar, and encouraged her to return home. Hagar said, “You are the God who sees me. And then, “I have now seen the One who sees me” (Genesis 16:13).
The encounter with the Lord renewed Hagar’s strength. Not only did she realize that God saw her plight, she experienced the power of seeing the One who saw her.
Take courage, my friend.
God created you and knows you by name (Isaiah 43:1).
He is intimately acquainted with all your ways (Psalm 139:3).
He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
He has all you need and will take care of you (Philippians 4:19).
Your heavenly Father loves you very much (1 John 3:1).
He has made His home in your heart (Ephesians 3:17).
He has given you all the power you need to live for Him (2 Peter 1:3).
It may be lonely at the top. But you are NOT alone. God Himself walks with you and empowers you to lead.