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Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1.1-3
Delight - a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; to be held spellbound.
Day and Night - Pretty much all the time.
Planted - Deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held
In Season - When the time comes, no earlier-no later; God's perfect timing.
God is the source of all strength. It's a law of nature just like gravity. Ignore it at your own peril. When we fully appreciate this fact - and structure our lives accordingly - we stand a good, solid chance of avoiding burnout in ministry leadership.
Read over this passage again.
Does this describe the way you operate? What do you think keeps us from living this way on a daily basis?
Doctor said it would not be a bad idea for me to lower my bad cholesterol by ten percent. He said it can be done with a change in diet, but it's up to me. The longer we talked, the more optimistic I got about his challenge. "Ten percent in ninety days? I can do that!" I left his office eager to start on my new quest.
Sound like going home from a great leadership conference?
I was in the car over my lunch break the other day. I got hungry. So I whipped into a Wendy's drive-thru. As I approached the outdoor speaker to place my order, I struggled with what to get. I finally settled on a small chili. "Is this good for me? Should I have ordered a salad or something? I know the fried chicken sandwich isn't going to help, but that's what I really want..."
Sound like real life?
Are you like me? I leave a conference full of excitement and eagerness to implement all the great principles and new leadership concepts. But I seem to stall as distance grows between my "today" and the days of the conference.
You and I weren't built to implement personal growth in large chunks. We enjoy the refreshing coolness of water from the fire hose. But just as taking small bites and chewing, we experience lasting growth when we make a series of decisions throughout a number of days/weeks, digesting the new information as part of our daily walk.
Maybe I should do some research before I get into the car to get lunch...
Been to a conference lately? What's one concept/principle you are weaving into the fabric of your journey these days?
Headed to a conference soon? What are 3 concepts you hope to get out of it?