by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director, LEAD

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13

Hoping, but unsure what to even hope for this year?

Trying to nail down goals for THIS new year feels crazy, but leadership always means risk. Will anything change or is everything changing? Our 2020 hangover may have us hitting the wall on creativity, courage, or caring at all. Or, it may be followed by a surge of personal motivation, but feeling of uncertainty as to how to inspire others to follow.

Before the ups and downs of a new year wear you out, we have two life-changing recommendations worthy of your consideration:

  • manage habits
  • deepen community

Don’t stop reading because you think you’ve heard this before or this is overly simplistic.

Habits are no joke. They are life changing and life giving. We already have them. From the first cup of coffee in the morning to the way we brush our teeth before going to bed, we are a bundle of habits. These little things add up over time to expand our world of possibilities or to shut them down. Pandemic fatigue exists, Our habits have been disrupted and this is proof that we can change. Think about all the new normals: masks, hand sanitizer, online school, and handwashing (which we always knew was a good idea, but barely invested in until now).

What if hope was a habit? Now that you are frowning (or smiling?), ask yourself this: Could I make it a habit this year to have the kind of hope Paul was writing about in Romans 15:13? LEAD is offering you a chance to develop a new practice (yes, habit!) that will grow hope. We promise.

Community is life-giving. Isolation, grief and fear are eroding our sense of self. We can change this. We have the power to build meaningful communities. Most of us struggle to build our own affinity groups, yet we know that personally practicing community will spark imagination and give us the strength to create community for others. Time with people like us, in similar situations, is Sacred Time. Investing in yourself is the responsibility of leadership. Interested? We are launching groups in a few weeks. Sign up here for more information about Sacred Time.

Start the New Year by managing habits and deepening community. These are the goals that can build hope in you as you build hope in others. There are no guarantees in life, but we can promise that by building the habits we are recommending and by joining an affinity group for regular Sacred Time, you will encounter God in new ways.