As the years fly by, they do not just go by anymore, it becomes obvious that the strength of yesterday has also gone. To cope with this reality, adjustments are made and the workload still gets finished, though the elan is lacking. Most of my close pastor/friends are also long in years and have learned a thing or two along the journey.
One thing is imperative; throw off the tasks not specific to me and enlist the help of others to take charge of them. Many of non-specifics are things others can do. I am the only one who prepares my sermons. Others may proof them, or place them in the proper power point order and be sure they are added to the website.
I discovered that it takes me longer to do the ancillary tasks than to prepare the sermons for oral delivery. I’m using the sermon as a for instance only as there are myriads of things Christ loving people can help with thus allowing me the time to do well the things specific to me.
In addition to delegating anything to someone else it’s imperative to learn to trust the Lord for strength renewal. This is done through knowing and trusting the word. Plan your day to accomplish the necessary while your energy is at peak level and leave the things not specific to me, for others to do.
The Bible shares a secret here: Deuteronomy 33:25 “Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be.” (NKJV).
“Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.”
Admiral Richard Byrd, Naval officer and explorer.
The Admiral’s life and adventures are weird and fascinating reading.
For biblical authentication for assured renewed strength I like Isaiah:
Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” I feel better already!
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