Here are 5 Great Things About Tension and how to leverage it…
1) It means your living. Have you ever heard someone described this way, “They look so peaceful…?” I have. And, every time it has been at a funeral. A little tension is a good sign that your organization has a pulse. Let it rise every now and then. Remember, an arrow only flies fast and hits it’s mark through the tension of the bow, the string and the steady aim of the archer.
2) It holds things up. From our shower curtain rods to our undergarments… tension is a good thing, a very good thing! Tension in our ministries also serves to keep the standards high as our leaders and teams feel the positive pressure to serve with excellence in attitude and action.
3) It keeps things moving. Remember when you had to wind up a toy to make it go? It was the tension in the coil or spring that “loaded” and then was released to make the car race or the plane fly. The same principle applies to your core teams. Complacency is avoided as we allow just the right amount of tension to keep us wound up and ready to go!
4) It holds things together. With all the tech available to us today, sometimes you just need a rubber band. Why? It holds stuff together. How? Tension. Allow the tensions you and your team are feeling to hold you closer together as you refuse to scatter and go your own ways.
5) It bridges the gaps. The tension you are experiencing rarely boils down to things. Relationships experience constant give and take and push and pull of tension. Instead of allowing it to pull you apart through knee-jerk reactions and ongoing drama, build a bridge. Some of the strongest and most beautiful bridges are structured by and for tension. Millions cross safely because the tension is managed and leveraged to everyone’s advantage. Take away the tension and it all comes crashing down.
6) It keeps you talking. The only things worse than people talking about tension, is when no one is talking about it. Leverage the tension you and your team are feeling to fuel real conversations. What are we stressing over? What can be done about it? Who can we partner with? How can we re-think what we are doing? Why are we doing this, again? Does it move us forward towards our vision or is it wasted, lateral motion?
7) It keeps you praying. That tension you are feeling is your “cue” for prayer. Elisha and his servant were more than feeling the heat as they found themselves literally surrounded by the enemy. “Oh, no, my Lord! What shall we do?’ ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.'” (2 Kings 6:15-17, NIV) His servant’s eyes were opened to reveal an army of angels surrounding those who only thought they had them surrounded.
Pray as a leader. Pray as a family. Pray as a team. Pray as a congregation. Instead of letting tension spin us into cycles of negativity and doubt, let it drive us to our knees to tap into God’s greater wisdom and power. No, He may not always show up immediately and make it all better. His plan is usually much greater than that. Discover through pressure driven prayer how God can use you and your team more effectively to carry out the mission He has given you. (Elisha and his servant chose mercy and both nations found peace!)
How do you leverage tension to strengthen your ministry or organization? How can it motivate us to be better servants? Share your thoughts below in the Reply section…