Wayne Cordeiro in his book “Leading on Empty” shares his story of how he exhausted himself in ministry, and then the strategy he learned to make sure that he made better choices in the future. Choices that would protect him from burnout and provide him with the emotional energy he needed to navigate a fast paced schedule.
At the end of the book he lists a series of questions to consider in your own self assessment. They are relevant for our topic today, “The Health App”. I would encourage you to work through these over the next week.
What was my original calling from God? (What uniquely do you think God is calling you to do?)
What activities that I am involved in do I love the most? (What gives you energy?)
What activities and people have been draining my tank? (What takes away your energy)
If I retired today with several million dollars and no debts what would I do?
These questions, along with others Cordeiro lists, are designed to help us consider our emotional tank, and how our choices are filling it or emptying it. Take some time to consider what changes you may need to make in order to recharge regularly. Talking about what you need to do is a good start, but then, to use the old Nike saying, ‘just do it’.
The application of what we need to do makes all the difference.