Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island off the coast of South Africa. For those long years, he broke rocks, did hard labor, was beaten and had no privileges.
Mandela's future looked bleak. But then, one day, he gained his freedom. One day, he walked out of that prison to change the world.
As leaders, we must remember that leadership comes with a price. Some of you leaders may even be going through that season of refinement right now. Maybe your passion is to change the world, but you're facing massive difficulties. Maybe you have no idea how God's calling in your life will come to be. Maybe you're in your Robben Island.
Just like Nelson Mandela, keep waiting and preparing—during the fifth year, the 10th year, the 18th year. Despite how you feel, know that a brighter future is coming. God is using this season, no matter its trials, to prepare you for what's coming. The Nelson Mandela we celebrate today would not have been the same without Robben Island. The work you'll do for the Lord requires that you allow Him to shape, mold and refine you beforehand. That is the price of leadership.
And one day, it will all be worth it. Say to yourself today, "I'm a world-changer. I won't give up. This is my calling. And it's going to be awesome."
Don't give up. Stay right where you are, and get ready to move to a brand-new place at the right time.
Sam Chand serves pastors, ministries and businesses as a leadership architect and change strategist. His purpose is to help others succeed. He has served as senior pastor, college president, chancellor and president emeritus. A consultant and mentor to leaders of leaders, Sam's singular vision for his life is to help others succeed. Sam develops leaders through consultations, books and speaking engagements. Leaders are using Sam's books as handbooks worldwide in leadership development.
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