12 “Nails” that Deplete the Heart


I came out of an appointment some time ago and saw the light on my dashboard. It indicated that my tire had low pressure–it was depleted.  I was able to make it to a garage where they removed a nail, patched up the tire and filled it up with oxygen…and I was back on the road again! deplete w words In leadership, there are many “nails”and sharp objects that let the air out of us. These nails have the danger of depleting our hearts and making us less effective in life and leadership.

Here are some of “nails” that can deplete my heart: (adapted from some of our work on LeadershipFramework.org in “heart”).

The pressures of an endless to-do list.

Felt or perceived expectations.

Wanting to please people.

The intoxicating allure of fame, success or comparision.

Allowing the work/ministry to become my source of life.

Unconfessed sin. Unforgiveness.

Unresolved broken relationships.

Drivenness that refuses the rhythm of rest.

Grasping for personal power, authority, and glory.

Self-protective strategies that keep me from living in authentic community.

Failure to keep boundaries that allow for healthy living and exercise.

Living by the urgent.

What “nails” deplete your heart?

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Photo source: adapted from Ryan Wilson-Flickr

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About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with Cru with my wife, Terry. We have been married 30 years and have 4 grown children. We have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right side bar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit: sarahjoellephotography.com
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