March Madness isn’t just a basketball tournament. For pastors, it’s the annual (and sometimes exhausting) ritual of getting ready for and playing at our best during “The Big Dance” known as the Easter Season.
Let’s face it, the pressure to
perform is on.
If we aren’t careful, it can get the best of even the most seasoned veterans.
How do you avoid this as a leader?
For too long it has been a disturbing badge of honor to live and lead by “burning the candle at both ends.” While there are days when we have to get up early and stay up late to get it done, this shouldn’t be the indefinite lifestyle of a healthy leader.
Here’s Tip #1 – Get more sleep!
The truth is, when someone is perpetually exhausted, eventually there are poor life and leadership choices being made.
“Rest isn’t weakness.” – Carey Nieuwhof
We’ve all been there when we haven’t gotten enough zzzz’s. We get “cranky,” and our creativity decreases along with our attention span. Poor eating and drinking choices increase as we try to get more energy in all the wrong ways when what we need is more “shut-eye.”
Not convinced? Check out this link to a great article on the correlation between rest and productivity by Michael Hyatt – Why People Who Sleep Longer Achieve More
It’s simple. If we want to be at our best for the Lord, our families, lead teams and the people we serve, then we must choose to be well-rested.
We might even take an elusive “power-nap” every now and then.
New York Times best-selling author and all around life and leadership guru Jon Acuff challenges us…
“In a world that praises busyness,
rest is an act of bravery.”
Refuse to live and lead exhausted. Don’t give into the March Madness of ministry during any season.