Last week, Bridgehaven staff participated in a two-day simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit. For those of you who aren’t familiar with GLS, it is a two-day conference designed to equip leader of all different kinds. They stress the importance of reminding people we are all called to be leaders, no matter what your role looks like. 

There is one speaker who has been at each of the Summits I have been a part of that I always enjoy hearing. Craig Groeschel is the Senior Pastor of Life Church and an author, podcast host, and serves as champion for the Global Leadership Summit.  

The talk he gave at the beginning of this year’s Summit was packed with some great information (I’m sure another Bridgehaven employee may want to write their blog about in more detail later, too 😉). He shared a word he made up he called PUC: Pain, Uncertainty, and Chaos. He was explaining as leaders, we must grow in our capacity for PUC. He broke down each of these three words listed in the acronym, but today I wanted to focus on the first word: pain.  

Hey, I hear ya, I don’t really like sitting on this word either. But the content he shared and questions he posed in this section really got me thinking. 

Some of Craig’s statements from the section on “pain” I wrote down included:  

  • “If you’re not hurting, you’re not leading.” 
  • “The difference between where you are and where you could be is often the painful decision you are unwilling to make… What painful decision have you been avoiding that it’s time to make?” 
  • “Your capacity to lead toward the future is determined by your ability to endure pain today.” 
  • “You grow by going through, not out.” 
  • “When things are uncertain, what’s most important becomes clear.” 
  • “It’s an honor to suffer with the Savior who suffered for me.” 

Now we could take each of these statements and break them down A LOT more, but one that really stood out to me with where I am at in my life right now: “The difference between where you are and where you could be is often the painful decision you are unwilling to make. What painful decision have you been avoiding that it’s time to make?” 

This stings a little bit to think about – that I haven’t been willing to make a painful decision because it requires sacrifice. It requires time. It requires energy. It requires physical, emotional, and spiritual space. And that’s hard. But then I think about the other statement which really hit me too: “It’s an honor to suffer with the Savior who suffered for me.” And then I remember why the sacrifice, time, energy, physical/emotional/spiritual space makes it all worth it. Because Christ is worth it all.  

So, I ask you that same question: What painful decision have you been avoiding that it’s time to make? What type of sacrifice would you need to make? How can you be leaning on the Lord more in your life to allow Him to help you with this painful decision? 

Heavenly Father, I pray we will look to You first in our time of need. In our decision-making processes, let it be You who we seek to glorify. Lord, even through the pain, I pray each of us will come to know You more as we turn to You and lean on You to be our comfort and our strength. Lord, help us remember You will never leave us or abandon us, and You will be with us every step of the way. Help us to trust in You more every day. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.