How many times have you told yourself, “I wish I wasn’t in such a hurry.”?
What if you could exchange the frantic pace of feeling rushed, anxious, and depleted by being more alert and alive to God both at work and at home?
Healthy-to-flourishing cultures are forged by leaders who run fast and work hard. Which is why I enjoyed hearing ministry leader, author and founder of Unhurried Living, Inc. Alan Fadling tell me:
“A lot of my work life has been an attempt to get recognition. The problem was that, as a pastor, my thirst for others’ affirmation put a lot of pressure on the people I was supposed to be serving.
“What if I brought my thirst to be respected and loved to Jesus? When that happened, I came to work with confidence, by leading from abundance rather than a feeling of running on empty.”
It’s all right there in Alan’s recent book, An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence. The book delivers a host of crisp leadership takeaways that reinforce why Inspirational Leadership is the most significant driver of a healthy culture. And here’s where Alan’s awareness of the workplace offers us some solid handles to slow us down and lean into what he calls “Jesus’ grace-paced leadership.”
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In Chapter Five, he points to the Apostle Paul who asks five provocative questions in Romans 8; that, as Alan says, “provoke deep heart reflection.” Take some time to ask one of these questions Alan offers and see where your own reflection, prayers and conclusions might lead:
1. Unfailing Favor
If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31).
2. Unfathomable Generosity
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (8:32)
3. Unending Justification
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? (8:33).
4. Unceasing Intercession
Who then is the one who condemns? (8:34).
5. Unconditional Love
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (8:35).
Unholy hurry may make me look busy, but often it keeps me from being fruitful in the ways Jesus wants me to be.”
In our interview, Alan was not at all hurried. His responses were robust, yet never rushed. It was clear I was sitting with someone who enjoyed basking in the kinds of intentional, purposeful questions Jesus loved to ask and Paul was led to raise.
Thus, it hardly surprised me that Alan raised a question that intersects with any leader who feels uncomfortably busy:
What difference might it make your life if you experimented with following the pattern of Jesus who often withdrew to lonely places to pray? It doesn’t sound like a business strategy, and yet it’s an opportunity for quiet reflection to slow down, stop and ask yourself, “What am I doing?”
Asking this question can move you closer to Jesus. In light of Jesus’ words, “Seek first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, Alan invites you and me to ask:
“In my work, what am I presently seeking first instead of seeking his kingdom and his righteousness?”
“By asking this question,” says Alan, “we can discover that the ‘all these things’ which come from seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness can amount to a far bigger catalog of insights and resources—and maybe the creative approach we need, as leaders, to more fully participate with Jesus who seeks to walk unhurriedly alongside us.”
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