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Problems are guaranteed in life—some problems need to be solved, some problems need to be managed, and ultimately all problems need to be given to God. One of the hardest leadership tasks we can tackle is deciding whether something is a problem to solve or a tension to manage. Some challenges we face in life and ministry are just the reality of the world.
My husband Scotty was injured while playing college football more than 20 years ago. He wasn’t supposed to get sacked as the quarterback, but he did. He tried to move on with his active lifestyle, but one surprise cut under him while he was playing a pickup game of basketball was the final blow. Four back surgeries later, physical pain plagues his life 24 hours a day.
There are unique challenges when you are the spouse of a leader on a church staff. Learning how to walk in freedom to only do what God has asked is a lifeline for those who feel unnecessary pressures. And yet there are many opportunities to be a powerful influence in a supporting and leadership role. Both spouses are important, and can be wholeheartedly aligned in a way that works for their family.
What should you do when you are succeeding as a leader in your church but your own son or daughter isn’t thriving? Casey Gibbons shares her personal home struggles during 20 years of successful ministry. Check out the four hopeful insights she passed along.