: to reduce to basic essentials: to diminish in scope or complexity; streamline. (Webster-Merriam Dictionary)
Most pastors and leaders I know could use a little more of this. Your lives are busy and complex. The question is, “How?”
Most good leaders like you know the answer. You need to say “No” more, for starters. We’ll focus on this and other practical suggestions in the next post. However, the better answer will always be found in knowing your “Why?”
Why simplify? One word… relationship.
Relationships are the real stuff of life. And, they are made in the margins of life. They grow in these same spaces. In order to invest in the relationships that matter the most, you will need to be intentional about simplifying your world.
Here’s one simple step for now. Make a list. A short list of the relationships you want to cultivate. This list will be your motivation, your “Why?”
Caution: Everything about your present world will war against this. After all, who has time to invest in people when there is so much to do on our “To Do” lists? Maybe we need to simplify our “To Do” list? Maybe we need to replace it altogether with a “To Be With” list?
If I had one goal for all my fellow pastors and leaders out there for 2020 and beyond it would be this… simplify.
Jesus was and is our ultimate example. His agenda as revealed in the Gospels was all about people, people, people.
Let’s keep this short, sweet and simple.