Psalm 119:65-68 “You have dealt well with Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe Your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You are good, and do good; teach me Your statutes.”
Leader, we do not like affliction. Our western society, especially, tends to avoid suffering like the plague. Messages that sorrow or the unfortunate consequences of our decisions make us stronger, generally go down like a lead balloon. Yet, listening to leaders talking about success, it seems that discomfort and difficulty are the best tools for shaping character and invention. I bless you with your mistakes contributing to your growth. I bless you with wisdom to not make the same mistake twice. I bless you with ensuring that your values and principles are aligned with those of God so that you enjoy their inherent protection. When you make a mistake, I bless you to quickly find your way back, to correct and to be restored. May your heart not be as fat as grease (i.e. be thick, be stupid), but may you and your sphere of influence be transformed by the invaluable direction available in His word.