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! 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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