Nearly four years ago, the world witnessed the passing of Nelson Mandela. The incredible nature of his leadership will be written about for years to come.
One of his many quotes represents the power of optimistic leadership. He said, “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
The above statement piqued my interest. There are many challenges to remaining positive and optimistic in a world filled with the kind of hatred that fosters negativity and pessimism. Mandela knew this hatred well.
Leaders must keep moving forward, pointed toward the sun. Dark moments will come, but biblical leaders understand the hope in Christ that endures despair.
As leaders in God’s kingdom, we must not give up. The victory has been won through the resurrection of Jesus. This victory must keep us focused.