I overworked one spring to the point of exhaustion. I didnâ€™t faithfully keep my day off, didnâ€™t take care of my body, and eventually caught bronchitis. Yet I had a commitment to do a small group seminar in Greece during this same time period. While in Greece, I did my best to teach and consult each day, but I barely had enough strength to keep going. And each night I suffered long hours of wheezing and coughing. Has something similar happened to you?
Iâ€™ve learned the hard way that I need to pace myself to succeed over time. Coaching is helping a leader stay focused and balanced in life. If youâ€™re going to help someone else, you first need to help yourself.
And the first place to help yourself is by receive coaching from the King of Kings. As He enriches you, you can pour out what you receive to others. Romans 15:5 says, â€œMay the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.â€ As the God of endurance and encouragement fills your heart, you can then effectively minister to others.
Iâ€™m convinced that the most important book Iâ€™ve ever written is called An Appointment with the King. I believe in Appointment with the King so much because it focuses on how to have a daily quiet time with God, getting know His person, His Word, and His presence. In the quiet time, we worship the King of Kings, listen to His voice, and receive direction for our day. Iâ€™m convinced that the most important discipline of the Christian life is spending daily quality time in His presence.