My most important job is NOT teaching. It's not shepherding our church. It's not visiting the sick. It's not leading our staff. It's not counseling. My most important job is loving God and loving my family. Period. To these two tasks, I must devote the greatest amount of energy, wisdom, and skill. This morning, I'll spend some time with God (I'm reading through 1 Timothy and Joel); and then for the rest of the day will be spent loving my family. My most important task today? "Doughnuts with Dad" at Madison's Kindergarten class. I'll eat one for you.
I'll spend the day "nurturing vitality": caring for and feeding my own spiritual and relational strength and energy. Nurturing Vitality is the foundational practice of spiritual leaders. Without a healthy relationship with God and our families, we have NOTHING to offer. NOTHING! BTW, my good friend Bob Roberts will be talking about this at our upcoming churchplanters.com conference next month! Pastors and Ministry Leaders, get here! Mountain Lakers, you'll have opportunity to sign up to volunteer to work at the conference this Sunday!