“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34 (NLT)
Are you present? In other words, whether you are having a casual conversation, leading a meeting or just reading a book, are you really ALL there? You know the old saying, “The lights are on, but nobody’s home.” Most leaders struggle with this. I sure do. Either we are obsessing over something in the past that could have gone better, or visioning and planning with passion for something in the future. Lost in all of this is one very important thing… presence.
Should we review past performance and strive with our team to do better? Yes. Should we pray, vision and plan with passion for the future? Of course. However, we must never take for granted that any past failure or success and the key piece in determining the same for the future rests largely in our ability to invest in relationships… and this takes time and attention. And, not just fleeting moments of hurried time and multi-tasked attention. No, intentional and ample time and full, undivided attention. People deserve this, your vision’s success requires it and an intimate walk with the Lord demands it. The Psalmist seemed to understand this concept and said, “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence…” Psalm 16:11 (NLT)
It has been said that… “Depression is what we get from living in the past and worry is what we get from living in the future.” I say choose neither. Choose to be present in the presence of God and others, developing and deepening real relationships as a servant leader in real-time… and that time is now. Determine today to be ALL there.