It didn't take long before feeling the pull to create healthy rhythms and boundaries. Even though I worked in the church, the culture was very similar to the world...keep going, keep doing...move from one busy season to the next. I wanted and needed something different! In today's episode, as I reflect on my journey, I share 4 things I wish I knew earlier.
Have you asked yourself, "When will things go back to normal?" Me too. But honestly, I don't think we want to go back to normal. Normal was too busy. Normal left us on the edge of burnout. Normal had us running around from one thing to the next. It's hard to remember our unhealthy patterns now because of COVID-19, but we don't want to go back. So, now what? Now you have an opportunity to decide who you want to be on the other side of this pandemic and redefine your normal.
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The question was never did you have the time, but rather, what will you do with the time you have?
There is a great gift that awaits you in this season...to give up the normal things that were hurting your soul so that you can fully live and lead as the person God created you to be!
When I began my journey in pastoral leadership, I believed that to be a good leader, I needed to be available all of the time. I would meet people or attend meetings on my day off. I'd keep my phone on and close by so I could answer every call. I would check my email every day, sometimes late at night, just in case. When I was in my office, in the spirit of openness and transparency, I would allow anyone to come in at any time. I never wanted to be off-limits.
It was exhausting.
Being "on-call" nonstop interfered with essential ministry functions like my preparation for sermons, bible study, and meetings, it compromised my relationships and my family time, and it chipped away at my sanity. I needed space and quiet to let ideas percolate. I wanted to be able to work out and spend time with the Lord that wasn't related to my job. I needed to pick up my son from school on time and have the chance to make a healthy dinner and eat at the table like a civilized human being before getting...
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