Pillar Of Support Leadership

AUDIO: How to Be a Pillar Of Support

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

I‘m looking out on my back deck this morning. The sun is barely starting to illuminate things. I love this time of day but this morning, I just feel exposed. I don’t know how else to say it.

Generally, I feel strong. But when it’s quiet…sometimes the voices in my head do their thing. I don’t know how I am going to meet the expectations being placed on me today and the month seems to be flying by. I can’t keep up. I’m not meeting my goals and it feels like panic.

This portion of the deck is covered which creates a nice sitting area. Each of the corners has three big white pillars that look very stately and strong. Looking at them it suddenly occurred to me that only the one in the middle is actually real. The others are just cosmetic. Suddenly, I wondered if it’s obvious that I’m just a shell.   

The Core Strength

Sometimes, I feel weak. Sometimes, I feel empty. I don’t feel like I could support anything important.

What do you do when you feel weak? Is it an anomaly or is it the truth?

Aren’t we supposed to be strong? Aren’t we supposed to be dependable?

Camouflaging ourselves as pillars of strength is ridiculous. Only when the pillar reaches deep into the earth does it actually support anything.   

Our lives are false facades unless at the center is the power of the living Christ. We can look the part but we don’t support the weight. The post in the center of that cosmetic pillar could support the roof all by itself. We wrap it with a cosmetic shell, but the shell really supports nothing.

That’s the way it is with our lives. We’re all show and no go. If there is strength to support the weight of our circumstances, the needs of others or the leadership we are called to, it will come through Christ at the center of our lives. He can support it all by himself, but he chooses to wrap himself in flesh; even in us.

Colossians comes to mind.

“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

(Colossians 1:27 – NKJV)

Trusting In His Strength

Everyone faces this realization at some point. We don’t have any strength. We are empty shells.   When we start believing that we can go it alone, we can support the weight, we’re headed for breakdown.  

We were designed to be vessels, filled with the immovable strength of God.   

”But we have this treasure in jars of Clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

(2 Corinthians 4:7-9 – NIV)

Sometimes, I get this dumb idea that I’m supposed to be strong enough. I get carried away by what God is doing in my life and I forget that He is the one who is doing it. I brace myself for the load and I anticipate it in anxiety or even fear.

Do you feel weak today? Do you find it difficult to trust the strength of Christ within you if you don’t feel strong on the outside?

Today, I’m going to make some hard decisions.

The first one is to accept the Truth. I’m a hollow pillar even though I appear to be supporting the framework of my life and business. I’m going to relax and trust this all surpassing power from God.

What about you?

Add your comments to the conversation: Have you lost sight of how He is working within your life? Take a moment to reflect on God’s blessings today. Are you placing your trust in His strength? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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