Are there some areas in your life and ministry where you are consistently struggling?
In a recent blog post, Thom Rainer says, “I still don’t get it in several areas of life and leadership…Here are my top five (or should they be a bottom five?).
• The so-called big problem of today will not be around in a short while. Though I know better, I sometimes respond to challenging issues of today [as if ] it’s the end of the world. Weeks later, I will wonder why I got so upset at the time.
• Don’t take criticisms personally. Yeah. Right. Sometimes I think my skin is so thin it’s translucent. I have written numerous articles on dealing with criticisms. Sometimes when I am writing on such topics, it seems like an out-of-body experience. I know I talk it a lot better than I walk it.
• Trust God in all things. I certainly believe the statement biblically and theologically. I just don’t demonstrate faith to live it more times than I would like to say.
• Life is short; enjoy the moment. I am goal-oriented. Let me restate that. I am obsessively goal-oriented. Too often I miss out on the small and daily joys God has given me. I don’t focus sufficiently on this day because I’m looking to accomplish something in the future.
• An adventure in faith begins when we get out of our comfort zones. OK, I’ll give myself a little credit here. I have stepped out in faith a few times in my life. My point is that I don’t do so enough. I can get comfortable with my routines and earthly pleasures. Too comfortable.” (Read Thom’s full article here.)
What would you include in your Bottom-Five List? What can you do this week to help strengthen your service in one of those areas?