October 8, 2009

Rest & Leadership-Part 1-Family

If embracing biblical rest is essential to our growth in Christ, then we have to embed that attitude into our leadership as well, whether our leadership arena is our family, business, or ministry. We have to begin to develop a culture of rest into the areas of life where we have we influence Here's how:

1. In Your Family, Stop Relying On Yourself For Every Need Your Family Has.

Let's face it; deep down you know you can't really meet every need anyway. No matter how hard you work, there's always something else, at least it feels that way. Why not try a new approach? Why not do all you can to provide for & lead your family & entrust the rest to the one who wants to lead you as you lead your family? Why not rest in his provision for you & your family? Model that "rest" to your family. Pray over them, in front of them. That will demonstrate to your family, especially to your children, that you & the family ultimately rest in God not on what you can do. And honestly this is hard. This is still something I'm working on, but it's something that we have to do in the leadership of our families.

Our family is the primary leadership arena for most of us. To borrow a line from Steve Martin, "If I screw up raising my kids, nothing else really matters much." To those of you who are in ministry, if you screw up your family, you've in essence disqualified yourself from leadership in ministry. The way you lead in your family will either contribute to or take away from your credibility to lead in other arenas of life.

Are you willing to lead your family to rest in God, starting with you? What are some things you need to start doing to exercise this kind of leadership in your home?

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