by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director

There is this moment between doing nothing and doing something to pay attention to. That moment when every part of you (or maybe just me) feels like it’s going to be rough to ramp up, to get a spark of energy that drives the future. The question is, what is going on in that moment?

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s been too long since you’ve had time off. Slowing down from a busy leadership role is essential for our health. Even a few days makes a difference.

But shifting back into gear can come with resistance. We can find ourselves craving more rest (that’s a good sign that we need it).

So how do you move from off to on? There is only one thing that really works for me (and hopefully it will for you too).

Having a firm hold on the answer to this question:

Why am I doing this? Or from a faithful perspective: Why is God doing this through me?

If I can’t answer that question, I doubt I can drum up the energy to get moving.

With clarity on “why, with God’s help,” I can move pretty quickly to the question of “how,” and then one thing leads to another.

Answering “why” is the prayer that gives us a glimpse at the larger vision. Vision is the fuel for leadership. Proverbs 29:18, from The Message, says it this way:

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.

This makes me think about the Apostle Paul’s ministry as he retells his conversion story to people everywhere he goes. You can join me in wondering if he, himself, needed to rehear this over and over in order to keep going; if he was envisioning himself moving forward, one retelling at a time. This is worth more reflection.

The shift from slump to fantastic is always about joining in God’s why for our life. Shifting gears may come slower in certain seasons, but it will be a bigger struggle if we are only plugging in to ourselves.