This is personal


Most of us live two lives: The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Overcoming the resistance between the two is what deep, bold, consequential faith is all about.

Hold that thought for a minute.

First, answer this question honestly: How are you right now? Tell yourself the truth.

Admittedly, there are days when leadership and life in general wear me down. I fight the urge to embrace the introvert within me that yearns for the deserted island, while my calendar, filled with meaningful commitments, looms over me. In my deepest heart, I know that this feeling is the holiday hangover that will soon pass, but, in this very moment, I’m tired. That’s just true. And, I said it to you, out loud.

Yes, at this very moment, I feel like escaping from the whirlwind of my life by going on a long walk with my dog (no people), getting a cup of coffee (alone), and reading a romance novel all day (learning nothing).

Even Jesus went away from the crowds from time to time.

What is stopping us from planning an occasional escape?

This feeling and these questions have led me to seriously wonder: How do we “go away” from the crowds in a 360-degree world? Someone is always waiting for a response. Always. The Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/WhatsApp/Slack/email/text/calls/face-to-face conversations/you-name-it communication explosion offers a true leadership management opportunity.

Most of us live two lives: The life we live, and the unlived life within us. It takes time outside of the whirlwind to break through the barrier between the two. We must do this.

I know that to be my best self, I need space to pray, worship, exercise, read, write, learn, and sleep. My commitment to you is that I am sitting down THIS WEEK to schedule each of these into my calendar. (That is truly the only way they will happen.)

Please join me in making a commitment to a healthy new year by carving out and protecting time for these seven life-giving habits.

To support you in these practices, LEAD is offering a huge sale on coaching. Why? Because we know firsthand how hard it is to keep our commitments to ourselves. I need accountability for myself, don’t you?

Our leadership abilities are compromised when we don’t make personal care part of our daily, weekly and monthly life. Making personal time a priority is especially hard for caregivers who are raising young children or caring for someone who is sick; for single people; and for people who have just moved to a new neighborhood or congregation.

Coaching can provide you with the accountability and support you need to move forward. Our promise to you:

If coaching feels like just one more thing on your to-do list after your first three coaching conversations, we will refund your money.

Most of us live two lives: The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Overcoming the resistance between the two is what deep, bold, consequential faith is all about. What do you need to stay centered? This is personal—and it is really important if we are going to be in ministry for the long haul.

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  1. Nadine Strenge
    Nadine Strenge says:

    To live my inner life, after many years of frustration, my husband and I attended a three day week end known in the Lutheran Church as Via De Cristo. There for the first time that I can remember, I truly felt the forgiveness of sin which is promised to all of us. The guilt I had felt as having sinned had gone away, but it left me with the question, what is my sin? After ‘talking’ to God several times, I was brought to the place where I was willing to hear what he had to say. He identified my sin, which was not all the sin I thought I had, but since then, I now know I do not have to keep on breaking the 8th commandment. What a freeing experience that was!!! But that leads to another door opening. I am placed in a position of leadership where I do not wish to be, but the Spirit is telling me, this is where I have to be at this moment. This road has taken many years to travel,it did not happen overnight, but it is an interesting and envigorating trip. Praise the Lord!

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