Rhythm, Balance, Pace
There seems to be a consistent theme in leadership circles as of late about the importance of things like rhythm, balance and pace of life. I think we’ve been wearing ourselves out for too long and we’re desperately seeking some sanity.
This morning I read this great excerpt from the devotional Dare To Journey with Henri Nouwen by Charles Ringma and it challenged me to consider my approach to seeking this rhythm, balance and pace that seems so illusive.
The recognition that we need a receptive place – a place of quietness, openness, expectancy, and hope – usually springs from failure, stress, or difficulty. It occurs when our personal resources are depleted and we are not coping. Thus the quest for the receptive place is often the result of crisis rather than the product of careful management. It comes from difficulty rather than from a recognition of our own finiteness and our constant need for inner renewal.
If we create the receptive place only when we urgently need it, then we can only expect short-term solutions. But if we make the receptive place a way of life, then we can expect renewal, discernment, direction, courage, and hope.
So many times it takes being utterly exhausted for me to realize how dry I am spiritually and how desperate I am for that quiet place. Oftentimes the quiet place seems like a luxury to me so it gets squeezed out of my schedule because of the host of responsibilities that I need to tackle. The greatest challenge for me in creating this quite place is in understanding that my time with God is not a luxury but a necessity from which the rest of my life flows out of. (Seriously, why is that so hard?!)
What is the greatest challenge for you in creating the receptive/quiet place?