I took this photo one late afternoon over Austin several months back. Stunning. I would have actually missed this moment entirely if I hadn’t felt a inner nudge to cut out of work early that day and go for a drive. I call them “prayer drives,” actually. I love prayer drives. Some of my most significant conversations with God have happened on the open road ~ just Jesus, and me, headed to God to knows where. So on this particular day toward late afternoon I heard a light whisper in my ear. “Let’s go for a drive!” So I dropped my work for the day (quite unfinished) and took off. This amazing cloud was just one of the wonders I experienced that evening. I love it when God plans a date for me and then surprises me with it like that. Of course, it all depends on whether I heed that initial whisper.
Remember when I wrote about leadership capacity several months back? (If not, you can check out that entry by clicking here.) I used a car analogy to explain how leadership capacity is like figuring out how much cargo (weight) your car can carry before it breaks down from the strain. I want to revisit that analogy to talk about another element of spiritual leadership that leaders need to be intentional about: Pace. If capacity speaks to how much weight your car can effectively carry, then pace simply refers to how fast you typically drive. For example: