He [Christ] is before all things, and in him all things hold together. ~ Colossians 1:17
Over the years I have found refreshment in listening to messages from the late Fred Smith Sr. on the topic of leadership. One area he emphasized was the importance of developing personal balance and emotional stability.
“We can’t be a leader and an emotional yo-yo. The consistency of a leader is very important.” Mr. Smith expressed.
He went on to use the metaphor of a submarine to illustrate how to develop “equanimity” and balance in life. As a submarine submerges and the pressure on the outside builds, pressure on the inside also must increase to keep the submarine from imploding. Also if the pressure builds too much on the inside it can cause an explosion.
The key for a servant leader then is to learn how to balance the “outside circumstances” and pressures with the “inside conditions” of the heart. This can only be done with the help of the Lord Jesus Christ.
To keep centered in Him as our only constant we must set aside time for reflection, prayer and ingesting of His Word.
Have you taken time to be with the Lord asking him to balance your outside circumstances with the inside condition of your heart?
I recall vividly Fred telling the story of how he inherited his mentor’s Bible. He highlighted that this man’s Bible was marked with all sorts of notes. But, they were not just written there to teach, but to live by.
~ Dr. Scott