It's the holiday season. Christmas parties, outreaches, end of year budgets, family commitments, dinner parties, shopping, shopping, shopping...the list never ends!
There's a reason why people use the phrase "hustle and bustle" when speaking of the holiday season. It's the nature of the beast. There's not a lot you can do about the stress and speed that the holidays bring...or is there?
There are seasons in our lives when things are moving at a much more rapid pace than others. The Holidays seem to be one of those times. A smart leader is realistic about his/her own condition. A wise leader adjusts his soul time to match his life speed. Let me explain:
In times of speed and stress, the average Christian has a tendency to skimp out on the care of their soul (daily prayer, Bible study, worship). After all, "I'm too busy." Bill Hybels talks extensively in his book, "Too Busy Not To Pray" that the opposite is really the case. Significant growth and moments with God don't happen at a speed of Mach 2.
"So, what am i supposed to do, Brian? Cancel all of my holiday commitments?" Not at all. Instead, each of us must make a conscious choice and ask ourselves - will we maintain our sense of soul as speed increases?
As a leader, your spiritual growth matters even more! Your time with God is even more important! You can’t give what you don’t have. As the speed of the holidays ramps up, CHOOSE to slow down and spend MORE time in God's presence.
"But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31