A non-anxious presence is easy to carry off when your leadership is well received, when people are saying great things about you, when folks are happy and grateful for you. But, a non-anxious presence is essentialwhen distress appears omnipresent.

Recall the phrase: “Poor planning on your part does not constitute a crisis on my part.”

The less mature are always attempting to enroll others in their disquiet, their “crisis du jour.” A perceived catastrophe on the part of certain members of the congregation does not constitute a calamity for a well-defined leader. Do you think for one minute that God, up in Heaven, is wringing His hands over that leaky roof, the lawsuit brought against the church, or the lousy turnout at the society meeting?

I often remind my coaching clients that God is not looking down at them stunned, saying: “Oh my goodness, I didn’t see that coming!” And, since God is fully aware of your predicament, what do you suppose God wants to do in you as a result?

-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage