Disappointing Many to Please One

I’m re-reading through Dan Allender’s book, Leading with a Limp, and wanted to share some helpful info concerning laziness, busyness and calling.

“A lazy person does little nothing while a busy person does almost everything, but the similarity is that both refuse to be intentional. Busyness is the moral equivalent of laziness.” p. 128

“The real cost of busyness… is the loss of our spiritual vitality.” p. 130

“Why would a harried and exhausted congregation, for instance, pay to see its pastor live a focused… life? The fact that he has time to read and pray is more than a driven and overworked parishioner can bear. Off with his head!” p. 135 (I’m grateful that this does not apply to Creekstone folks – I have the best job in the world and still have my head!)

“The hope that renews and refreshes limping leaders comes with the freedom of knowing one’s limitations. When you admit that you can’t do everything, you are then free to more fully embrace the call of God.” p. 136

“The beauty of a limp is that it slows you down, it forces you to take more time, it prevents you from doing as much as you’d like to do. The paradox of death leading to life requires that you disappoint many to please One. It requires that you say no much more than you say yes.” p. 136