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365: How to Build Strong Faith Amidst Loss and Leadership Challenges

365: How to Build Strong Faith Amidst Loss and Leadership Challenges

Do you wonder how to grow a faith foundation that will sustain you through all the seasons of your life? Discover how Jerry White kept going after experiencing inevitable losses and disappointments. Jerry is the international president emeritus for The Navigators and author of Dangers Men Face: Overcoming the Greatest Threats to Living Life Well.

 

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In this episode:

  • The challenges that disciples of Jesus are facing today and how they differ from when Jerry wrote his book. (04:13)
  • The danger leaders need to be aware of when they face a loss of influence. (06:21)
  • In the book, Jerry covers different kinds of losses: loss of motivation, the loss of position, the loss of influence, the loss of identity and significance, and the loss of confidence. (06:55)
  • Influence isn't just based on position. (09:08)
  • "It's not just the authority of your position but the influence of your person that they respect you." -Jerry (10:15)
  • How to make sure that you have a firm foundation on your true identity as someone created in God's image. (11:13)
  • There are leaders who have left their professional roles and feel lost because they have not deepened in their lives earlier. (14:54)
  • The antidote to loss is a spiritual graduate school. (15:39)
  • Jerry's major loss was that his son was murdered, and that was a tremendous loss. It humbled him tremendously and made him feel absolutely helpless. (16:00)
  • "The rebound is up to you. You can choose to move forward, or you can choose to be bitter and to resent what caused the loss, particularly if the loss had to do with some injustice." -Jerry (16:57)
  • More of the dangers are covered in the book, specifically sexual sin. How sexual sin starts in the mind and not with a physical struggle. (20:15)
  • Proverbs 27:12 says, “A wise man sees evil and runs away; a fool goes on and is destroyed." (21:05)
  • The encouragement to leaders to keep them from freezing and to continue the growth process of staying engaged and relevant. (28:14)
  • Ask questions. Be curious. (28:35)
  • Read. (28:58)
  • Associate with people who are growing (29:56)
  • Living life after 60 in terms of distinct challenges. (32:03)
  • Some ways that you can use to renew your spiritual vitality when you find it waning. (36:05)
  • Be present (38:55)
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