Are you feeling the stress of leadership?
Are you in the midst of chaotic times?
Are there more times of crisis right now than times of celebration?
Are you facing decisions which appear bigger than you today?
Are you wondering how you should respond?
Perhaps we can gain some insight from the life Jesus.
Imagine the setting. In the midst of one of the busiest periods in Jesus’ ministry, Jesus received word that John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin…the one who had been preparing the way for Jesus’ arrival into public ministry…the one who baptized Jesus…had been executed at the hand of Herod the ruler. This had the potential to derail Jesus’ ministry. How would His disciples respond? Would they run in fear? Would the momentum shift?
Observe how Jesus, feeling the weight of leadership responsibilities and certainly dealing with personal grief, immediately responded to this tragic scenario.
When Jesus heard about it, He withdrew from there by boat to a remote place to be alone. Matthew 14:13
Throughout Jesus’ ministry, we consistently read of Him slipping away from the crowds…often by Himself…sometimes with a few close disciples…to be alone…to pray. Those times were apparently critical to His ongoing strength and success in the journey.
Now look back to the questions I posed to you at the beginning of this post…
Do you need to slip away? Do you need to get alone? Do you need to pray?
I’ve personally found the more stressful my circumstances the more time I need alone with God.
Whether you are a pastor, a ministry leader, or a stressed-out parent, I realize it seems everyone is looking to you for answers today. Your greatest response could be to slip away from the crowds. You’ll return better able to handle the demands placed upon you.
Have you often found strength in slipping away from the troubles before you respond?
(BTW, this post is not to be confused with the principles of THIS POST. Don’t use this as an excuse to run. Use it as a tool to prepare.)