During an afternoon OC12 breakout yesterday afternoon, Doug Fields talked about different areas in our ‘spiritual basement’ that need to be addressed from time to time – time, drive, study, spiritual strength, refreshment and calling.
Each one of these areas can drain a leader’s time and energy – and so, need to be challenged though intentional effort.
One comment reinforced a belief that I’ve held onto for a long time. He said:
“Invite authentic community into your life. Make it a top priority.”
He used those two sentences to address the area of driven-ness of a leader.
Without authentic community, we are self-focused and don’t have people to keep us in check. Instead, intentionally invite people into your life.
Who do you have in your life asking you those tough questions / speaking into your life?
- Why did you make that decision?
- I’ve noticed this trend in your life – what’s up?
- Dustin, man up and do ____!
If we don’t have those people in our lives to ask us those questions, Doug compared this to “emperor with no clothes” story – the Hans Christian Anderson children’s story where the Emperor parades around with clothes that are invisible.
Those around him don’t say anything because they think that if they say something, they are stupid and ignorant. The ridiculousness continues until a child shouts, “The Emperor has no clothes!”
Here is a story of a ‘leader’ who did not have people speaking into his life.
No community whatsoever.