The Shift from Slump to Fantastic

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.

3 replies
  1. Cheryl Gorvie
    Cheryl Gorvie says:

    Retelling the story is what keeps it alive–what an important part of motivation! I never get tired of telling the story of how I met my husband, or how I was called into ministry as a pastor. In those frustrating moments of asking “Why am I doing this?” so often the answer is “Oh yeah: for love!”

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  2. Eunice Woodberry
    Eunice Woodberry says:

    I just came off of 1 week vacation and 1 week at Churchwide Assembly. So much to do before the fall season starts. It is hard getting my brain back in gear after a much needed break. Then add the pressure of things starting in 4 weeks. Thanks for the words of encouragement. The plus for me is that the work is in areas I am passionate about and will see quick results and most importantly God has given me gifts in working with worship planning and children’s ministry.

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  3. Debi Rado
    Debi Rado says:

    YES! Thank you for your insight and words.I often get bogged down in the ministries I belong to (shoveling sand against the tide…) So I just added a big post-it note to the top of my computer screen that says, “Why is God doing this through me?”

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