CAGED BIRDS DON'T FLY
Historically, I’ve not been good at taking enough time away from work and routine. Sadly, this has been true on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. And, the more “seasoned” I get as a leader, the more I have come to believe that this has been a costly mistake. The reason is simple…“Caged Birds Don’t Fly.”
I now believe that robbing myself of time away has dummied down my ability to think and ultimately lead and teach creatively, which has ended up robbing God and those I influence. In that the church is to be a reflection of the creator, I believe that it should be the most creative and innovative force on the planet. But, in most cases, it’s not. I believe one of the reasons is that we, as leaders, don’t give ourselves space or margins necessary to unleash our God-given creativity.
This NEEDS to change for ME and YOU.
Exodus 20:8-10a – “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work…”
Mark 6:31 – “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’”
As is true for everyone, it’s hard for me to pull away. Yet, when I do, it ends up NOT being hard to BE away. In fact, in the end, it becomes an extremely valuable investment with a ton of positive dividends.
In the next several blogs, I’m going to share some of my thoughts on this from my recent vacation. To give you a head start on where I’ll be going, here’s the full list of benefits that I’ll be sharing my thoughts on. [Note: They’re in no particular order.]
Helps to identify and cure developing dysfunctions in my life
Breaks/Disrupts established routines and patterns in my life
Gives me space
Expands my world
Gives me greater traction in my leadership and communication
Restores and renews me and my passions
Brings great value to the church
I’m curious… Do you battle with creating the right kind of margins in your life?