Archives For November 2012

 

May the path of Life today find you easily.

May your steps be lit with clarity and courage

     and the very earth be grace.

May your ears hear the song of your own true Story

     that compels you those few more steps today

     toward your destiny.

May your thoughts be rich in stillness

     and the insight that comes from unhurried contemplation.

May they gravitate toward Truth, and follow it

     as the eye follows a candle in the dark.

And in those moments when busyness and distraction cast a fog across your path,

May you remember your voice

     and raise it up to pierce Resistance until it is dispersed

     and the clarity of Life has once again returned.

May you know love today.

May you know joy today.

May peace guard your heart today.

May courage rise in you today

     to carry you deeper into God.

May you know the intimacy of his breath upon your neck

     as he whispers his deliverance in your ear

     and sets you free.

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” ~ Jim Rohn

Last week, I wrote about how often faith leaders fall under the spell of the Urgent, and the devastating effects that seduction can have on their work and families, and even their health. So, what do you do if that describes you? How do you get out from under the thumb of the Urgent, and return to a life intentionally built around That Which Matters Most?

This week I want to give you 5 clear, actionable steps you can take that will restore authentic intimacy with God, yourself and those you love, and revolutionize (no kidding!) the way you engage with leadership. These steps are simple, but don’t mistake that to mean they are easy. They’re not. Shifting the way you do life and leadership is a radical act, and will require both courage and tenacity. But that’s exactly what authentic faith looks like when it’s lived out, doesn’t it? Courage and tenacity.

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“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.” ~ Mother Teresa

I feel really privileged to work with faith leaders. It inspires my hope for the world that I know so many brilliant, courageous men and women who are working so hard to make it a better place for us all. There may be evil everywhere; Lord knows it definitely gets more air time on the newsfeeds. But there’s a lot of good out there too, going head to head with the darkness every day. That’s a very hopeful thought to me.

Of course, even the best of us is only human, and you don’t work in a job like mine without seeing trends in the ways the darkness most often, and most effectively, undermines leaders and takes them out. We regularly hear stories of yet another leader’s “moral failure,” by which we mean they got mixed up sexually with something or someone they shouldn’t have, but I don’t think that’s what takes out the vast majority of leaders who crash and burn ~ not by a long shot.

The greater danger is, unfortunately, much less scintillating, and much more tolerated in the leadership world. Some leaders, ironically, even consider it a sign of how hyper-committed they are to Christ. But it’s not. It’s a deathtrap; a slow poison that chokes the life out of the soul and turns a leader impotent long before he finally burns out.

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