According to Father George Rutler, do you feel tired? Do you feel like you run fast, but other days think slower?
Imagine that you only had three more years to serve the Lord. Imagine your mission remains the same. What would you do differently as a leader? Jesus had only three years and knew his mission. He didn't run or sprint, and he did not work 20-hour shifts.
Luke 8 asks Jesus to heal a dying girl. He was touched by a woman who had been bleeding for 12 long years. This story has two things that stand out to me. The first is that Jesus did not run and was not hurried. Even after the death of one, he believed God would heal them both.
He did not miss any opportunity to help others, even if he was hurt more. When the woman touched him, Jesus stopped. He realized that there was an opportunity to help her and lead her to God. These five tips are based on Jesus' example:
To whom am I passing on?
The Feeding of the 5000 was stressful for the disciples because they were overwhelmed by how many people they needed to feed. They approached Jesus in panic and asked him to do something. His response? His response?
Although they didn't believe they had it, they managed to organize small groups and feed them. They also cared for the people. Jesus knew that his church would take care of his people after his death. He understood that he did not have to do everything at once. It was essential to teach others how to love, care, lead, and then encourage others.
Deepen your breath.
Jesus spent three years and was not so hurry. He obeyed God's lead and let God take care of the rest. Your organization will be able to survive. You will be there. You won't stay if you can't breathe. It would help if you weren't moving at a speed that makes it difficult to see, think, and care for yourself.
Do not let your work destroy you. You will only bring down others. So instead, every day, take a moment to stop. It could be for silence, prayer, or a walk. Whatever you find relaxing.
Keep your pace manageable.
Jesus was a master of intensity, but he did not sprint. He accomplished what he set out, even with three years of time constraints. Many marathon trainers and preparation websites will tell you that setting the right place at the beginning of the race is the best way to win or survive the marathon. People who sprint out of the gates lose their pace and are outrun by those who know the value of pace.
Keep your eyes open as you go
There are many stories about healing that people experienced when they were attentive. Jesus met the woman at a well, Levi, the tax collector, and many other people. A good Samaritan came to the aid of a man who was ill on the side road. These are just some of the many instances where someone saw a need and responded to it.
Others will not harm your timeline, so help them with theirs. Meetings are important. Schedules are essential because leaders want to be respected. Jesus recognized the value of all people and not just those who were next to him on the list. He was there to help when it was needed, and he did so every time.
Living by the Spirit and the fruits of it is a virtue
Father George Rutler lists the characteristics of someone who lives by the Spirit of God. These include love, joy, and peace. These are not easy to remember or meaningful if you run at a fast pace. It requires intentionality and the Holy Spirit to accomplish.
Jesus was known to have often sought solitude to pray. He prayed the night before his ministry was due to end and asked God to guide him. The fruit of God isn't called "the fruit of humanity" for no reason. It takes the Spirit. Prayer is the best tool to slow down, align our hearts with God, and see life as God sees it.
Luke 8 tells the story of Jesus and two important people. One was dying, and the other was in pain. He never made one less important than the others. Both were important to him. He was a man of peace who loved and focused on what was in front of his eyes. He knew he had more to save but knew he would not miss the one in front of himself.
Jesus was able to walk and accomplish everything he set out. You might be sprinting right now, or you may have been running at a high pace for many years. You don't need to slow down; you might have been missing something all along.