I hate the phrase “slow down.” I don’t like to hear it when I’m driving and I definitely don’t like to hear it when I’m leading. I’m the type of person that when I finish with one project I go right to the next. One thing leads right to another, no reflection, no rest.
This morning I was reading about Joshua and the people of Israel crossing the Jordan into the promised land. What a cool story (Joshua 1-5). Here is how the progression went:
1) Sent spies to Jericho to see what the atmosphere was (they found it was ready to fall)
2) Crossing the Jordan
3) Set up a memorial to remember
4) Circumcised every male
6) Met the commander of the Lord’s Army
7) Planned the attack on Jericho
My typical flow is to go from from #2 to #7 – finish one thing and get on with the next. But I was reminded of what God desires for us that will lead to health and longevity.
Remember…take time to remember and to talk about how God has been faithful…celebrate the wins!
Recommit…thankfully He is not asking me to be circumcised, but take time to recommit your heart to His purposes.
Rest…take time to recover from the last big thing.
These three things will enable any leader to be effective in the long run. And then before starting the next venture, take time to re-submit your plans to God and hear what He wants and even how He wants you to do the next big thing.
Then, after all this, go for it. Don’t let anything stop you.