Testing is never pleasant. It always results in loss – the loss of things that don’t belong to begin with. Testing often means the chipping and sanding away of the rough edges of our character. And it hurts. But testing produces resilience. People who last with their integrity intact are people who have walked through hardship.
Most people are familiar with some of the great Bible heroes like King David, Noah, and Gideon the Judge. But often people don’t realize what all three of these leaders have in common: none finished as well as they could have.
David committed adultery and murder, Noah got drunk and embarrassed himself, and Gideon led people to commit idolatry. Here’s the lesson, albeit a negative one – don’t do something stupid at the end of your time in leadership! Finish well. Finish strong. Finish with your integrity in tact.
Here are a few random thoughts about this…