Tip #3 for Ministry Leaders in 2016:
Practice the art of whimsy.
These are serious and sober times. The challenges are greater, the issues deeper, the needs greater, and the cultures (aka – people!) we lead in more complex than ever. With all this it is easy as leaders to take ourselves and our roles too seriously.
Here’s a phrase that might help you… “It’s just life.”
Take Jesus, for example. The weight of the will of God the Father combined with the sins of all humanity, the expectations of anyone and everyone and opposition of the enemy pressing hard on every side. If anyone should have been living and leading stressed out, it was Him. Still, He made this offer to His followers and gave us insight into His Divine disposition…
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV)
Simply put, lighten up. Chill out. Smile more. Laugh a lot more, especially at yourself. Whatever it is, it will be here and gone all too soon… success, failure, pain, gain, loss, wealth, influence, sickness, sorrow, joy, problem people and the problems they bring with them and take with them as they go.
Be the kind of leader who makes a difference just by walking into a room. Not overconfident, just with a simple perspective that seems to say, “God has seen us through worse (and better) and He will walk us through whatever this is as well.”