The summer break is always a good time to take a morning or even a day (as I am about to) and reflect on how dangerous you are as a leader. Dangerous in a positive sense and dangerous in the negative way that he describes so vividly.
Here's a few general questions that came to me as I listened:
- How is my prayer life and time alone with God?
- How much am I comparing myself and my church with others?
- How much time am I spending in the Scriptures?
- What things that I used to do when I was more dangerous have I stopped doing? When was the last time I shared the gospel with someone and spoke of Jesus to them?
- What things lie under the surface that could sink me or am I in denial of (the Tiger Woods illustration bears some reflection knowing what we all now know)
- What goal is most important to me?
- What things distract me most?
- Am I keeping still keeping a record of the things God has done and is doing in my journal?
- How attentive am I to the care of both my body and my mind?
- Who and what feeds me and who and what drains me and how am I managing these two taps?
- How is my personal reading and how many books have I read this year and what did I learn from them? Have I stopped reading?
- How is my marriage?
- How are my kids?
- How much risk am I taking in my decisions and for the cause of the gospel?
- Who am I investing in to grow and encourage leaders into order to multiply their kingdom impact?
- Have I re-evaluated and re-calibrated the cost I am prepared to bear for Christ and his call on my life?
- How is my rest and my fun and my time-out?
There is also quite a helpful grid that lays out the key points of the talk and might be worth some time journalling out. I really hope listening to this is a blessing to some readers and that it fires your heart anew. You may also want to read '10 ways to raise the spiritual temperature of your church.' I am praying for many of you to find fresh purpose and fire from the content of this talk over the summer.