Leading From the Kitchen Table
By Stacy Hoeft
WLI Board member
I’m sure you don’t need to be reminded, but a few months ago the world went sideways. After the first of the year COVID-19 seemed to creep quietly into our lives until March when we couldn’t go an hour without hearing about how much life was going to change. On Monday, March 16thas the virus reached pandemic proportions, I sat in the conference room at work, addressing my staff, telling them that we would all transition to working from home (for what I thought would just be a few weeks). Before I knew it, I was President/CEO of a national ministry working from my home office – my kitchen table.
Shortly after I began working from home, I realized just how much COVID-19 had leveled the playing field for all women living out their calling as leaders. Whether we were used to leading in the board room or the living room we were all now leading from home.
The first half of WLI’s vision statement says we are a “community of confident and competent Christian women leaders who serve and lead wherever God has placed them”. Suddenly “wherever God has placed them” became the same place for women all over the world – our homes. And I’m not sure about you but being confident or competent seemed to be a pretty tall order. Feeling reluctant? So was I, but thankfully scripture always has words of encouragement to offer. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”. Our confidence and competence come from the ONE who holds our future securely in the palm of His hand.
The second half of WLI’s vision statement says we are women “who confront relevant issues with courage, truth and love.” What issue could possibly be more relevant than the pandemic we’ve been facing for months? “Courage, truth and love” become possible because even amongst these uncertain times our exhaustion at the end of the day is worth it – “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” Like my mom always lovingly reminds me, your reward will be in heaven.
So, let us lead from the kitchen table, or wherever God will place us, with confidence, competence, courage, truth and love, sure of His promises…
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)