Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Concreteness – Assures people in times of stress – This implies strength and stability in a time of confusion for the care receiver. The caregiver needs to have the ability to take the vague and often scattered emotions of the care receiver at the time and help make sense of the situation. One needs to exhibit FAITH in order to maintain the knowledge that God is in control, that He makes no mistakes, and that God’s nature is not one which desires harm for people, but healing and eternal life.
The next characteristic we look at in leadership and care giving is the concept of Concreteness. At first blush, this may appear to be a rather oddly named characteristic, but as we explore it, we see the value in it for those who lead, especially in times of uncertainty and crisis. This is the quality of staying strong and stable when all else around us is crashing.
In military leadership, I have given in past blogs the example of Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. In the chaos on the beach during the dreadful D-Day landings, and when all hope seemed to be lost from plans that went awry, Roosevelt calmly replied to his nervous Lieutenants, “Gentlemen, we shall start the war from here!”
In counseling, it looks like the counselor who can calmly listen to a client, be able to pick up some themes in what a client is saying when they are stressed and having a hard time making themselves understood in the torrent of emotions, and then feeding back a summary of what was said in a clear and coherent, understanding way.
The fruit that this demonstrates is faith. Faith that God is ultimately in control, and therefore, we are going to be OK.
Prayer: Lord, increase our faith so that we can pass on strength to others, Amen