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I don't believe God makes a great leader who can't relate to people. Do you? And I don't believe God uses people who act as though they haven't been through anything. You may ask, well how about the leaders who have compassion for people? Well, compassion is a great thing and all great leaders must possess it, however, what was the impetus for that compassion? Why does the leader have it? Was he or she just born with it and can just relate to people, because she or he is a nice person? No, that's an incomplete story with an undisclosed testimony. Without opening our mouths about our walk and the things we've been through, such leadership is elusive, distant, nontransparent and limited. There will be little connection with people in that case. That's why we have to open our mouths and tell people our stories. 

In other words, if we're going to be a great leader of influence, we have to be willing to open up about what we've been through. We don't have to tell people everything. There are some things best kept between us and God. There's nothing wrong with that. Yet, we have to be willing to share our struggles with people. And I'm not talking about walking around sad, mad, and living in sorrow. No, there's no need to do that, because God brought us through that. And for the record, if you have been reading my blog and listening to my podcast, you're familiar with my story of depression a few years back, mainly at night. My depression was from losing my twin boys 5 months in utero, a failed relationship, missed opportunities, and feeling alone even among people. I don't say those things to get you sad or to feel sorry for me, because I'm fine now. I'm blessed and highly favored. Plus, some people have been through much worse than I have. I just want people to know that anyone can get through anything with God. Yes, I'm telling you. Isaiah 61:7 says, "Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours."

All I'm saying is that we have to open our mouths more, because it really helps people to know they're not alone and God will help them get through just like He helped us. That's all I'm saying. I hope my testimony has helped you in some way.  
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