• Nige Burr

Leaders - Keep a Balanced Lifestyle. #1

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

It was a devious move of my kids to get me on stage with the Chuckle Brothers; panto-like slapstick, with plenty of shaving cream and confetti. My kids and audience roared with laughter. And who can forget their catch-phrases, “To me – to you” and “No slackin’”. Mates back home wouldn’t let me live it down. ; at my expense! Re-sult!

Results only come when we put in the work. If we ‘slack-off’ we never get that achievement, if we go hell-for-leather all the time we get exhausted. Balance is the name of the day. Leaders need balance. Life and work. Laughter and urgency. Both act as personal checks and balances. Church pulls leaders here, there and everywhere. Like the member who rings you up on your day off and starts the conversation, “Sorry to call you. I know it’s your day off but…” That is not being a member that’s sheer unthinking selfishness. You’re correct, it IS THEIR DAY OFF! Leave your leader to recuperate. Protect them. It’s in your best interests.

John Maxwell in 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader describes effective leadership like this, “True commitment inspires and attracts people.” If people exhaust their leaders there will come a time when they can’t perform anymore. Timothy gets this advice to keep body and soul together in the heavy demands of church life, “That is why we labour and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Tim 4.10 NIV) The ‘living God’ doesn’t want ‘dying leaders’. Protect your work-life balance as you teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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