Leadership is not a position but a responsibility to take the initiative of defusing crisis. Leaders go through the same challenges like everybody else. And if I’m completely honest leaders confront even greater battles privately than the rest but they have the ability to stay put, measured and controlled at all times. We like to admire and follow individuals that seem to know where they are going and appear to be calm and confident when the going gets tough.
Scientists at Tokyo University recently succeeded in making mice immune to cats. Because cats only attack mice when they sense their fear, scientists created fearless mice by shutting down the olfactory lobes; the part of the brain that is responsible for making mice fear cats. Kobayakawa, the scientist behind this scientific phenomenon said, “Mice fear cats because they are innately conditioned to fear when sensing the odour of the predators. So by getting rid of the specific receptors for sensing the odour, mice never feel afraid of cats”
The sting of any problem is fear. Once you become fearless of it, the problem loses its grip. And this is a real triumph; to remain fearless, calm and brave in the face of crisis. Greatest victory is achieved not necessarily when the crisis is evaded or managed; we attain true victory when we stay calm and focused in the midst of it.
Faith is a shield that makes us immune from fear. We become fearless and achieve a great victory by choosing to trust God’s autonomy, wisdom, and love regardless of the impending crisis. Faith vindicates itself best in trouble. Faithful people are fearless, they face a crisis like everybody else but unlike others they do exhibit extraordinary calm during crisis. In other words, people with strong faith are natural leaders.
If you want to be an effective captain of your soul you must learn how to strengthen your faith because the fundamental principle of calming the storm is to stay calm. No body extinguishes fire by injecting more fire. Jesus calmed the storms because he was calm himself. He simply produced what was within Him and imparted it to the world around Him. We cannot impart what we do not possess. Everybody seemed to be nervous, worried and anxious, but Jesus was having a peaceful sleep beneath the sheep cabin. While everything (including sheep) was shaking Jesus was walking on the same troubled waters.
The disciples were endeavouring to cope with the storm in Jesus absence. When Jesus approached them the first thing he did was to make sure they are calm. He said to them “be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” (Matt.14: 27).
When Jesus died His disciples were full of sorrow and anguish. They locked themselves in their homes in fear. After His resurrection, Jesus came to meet them. The first thing he said to them when he entered the room was ‘Peace! ‘ (John 20:26).
Masters must transfer their sense of calm and self control to their survivors. They must say like Jesus “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27. When Jesus sent his disciples for a mission, he gave them instructions. He said “And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. Luke 10:5-6
Calmness is a great tool in our survival kit. When we are calm it is easy to hear our master and follow the prompts. But when we are emotional we loose the ability to reflect rationally. Fear is the opposite of faith. Fear not only makes matters worse, but it also signifies incapability of dealing with situations. “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? ” Jesus said in Mathew 6:27. Fear sends a chilling message to the enemy that says, “I’m too weak to fight you, come and get me”.
My prayer is that may we receive the spirit that was also in Jesus to stay calm in the midst of our storms.