Distance to Empty … Part 1

I recently bought a car. While not new, it is certainly a step above the one I recently sold.
The car has power everything and a special computerized fuel system that tells you how many miles you have left until you are out of fuel.
Distance to Empty
My other car simply had an old fashioned gas gauge. When the light came on, I stopped for gas.
For some reason the computerized gauge has made me more aware of my fuel level. I find myself watching the numbers drop, mile by mile. Once it dips below 100 I stop to refuel even though I still have a couple of gallons remaining.
As a leader I wish I had a computerized gauge on some of the important areas of my life … an indicator of how I am doing.
The first gauge I would want is the spiritual gauge.
Leaders often find themselves in positions of authority. However, if they don’t first understand that they are under authority they will misuse their influence.
All of us were created by God and meant to live our lives under His authority. You might say He should be the CEO of our lives. Unless we understand and yield to this fact, we will never find satisfaction.
Early church father Augustine once said, “The heart is restless until it rests in Thee.”
Thus the heart becomes your gauge for your spiritual life. It is why the Bible tells us, “Above all else, guard your heart. For it is the wellspring of life.”
Does your heart find it’s rest in Him these days?
The following questions might serve as indicators that you are nearing empty in your spiritual life.
1. Do I have a restless heart when I think about my relationship with God?
2. Am I irritable with those I love the most?
3. Do I spend time working on my relationship with God?
4. Do I demonstrate humility to those around my life?
5. Do I demonstrate servant leadership in my workplace?
6. Do I put myself in an environment on a consistent basis where I can experience worship and listen to Biblical truth?
7. Do I have destructive sinful habits in my life?
8. Do I pretend to be one way in public, and then do something different when I am in private?
Chew on those questions today and they will tell you if you are running low. If so, today is the day to refuel your spiritual tank.
Bend your knee and bow your heart and it will lead to a sustainable spiritual life. But if you refuse, expect to be restless.
Leadership Begins at Home,
Randy
Do you think it is important for a leader to have a healthy spiritual life?
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Ray Green

5 years ago

Randy,
Today’s post is really appreciated because TODAY 27yrs ago I was below empty. It is on this day 27rs ago that I started my journey of sobriety. With the mantra of “one day at a time”. God has piece by piece given me life and that life in abundance. It is true that in Christ ALL things become new.
Looking forward to lunch in October when I come to HQ for Director of Hospitality Training.
Blessings always.
Ray

Randy

5 years ago

Awesome, Ray. Congratulations!!! So proud of you.

Ronna

5 years ago

I don’t tell you nearly as often as I should, but I am blessed beyond measure (and so very thankful) to be your sister. Love you so much!

Randy

5 years ago

Thank you girl. The feeling is mutual!

Panteleimon Charalampidis

5 years ago

Randy,
All three parts just AWESOME!!! Truths hard to be told these days.
I believe that in our life it doesn’t matter the number of projects we will manage or how many individuals we will lead. The only thing that matters is the imprint we are leaving on others’ souls from our actions.

Randy

5 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to comment, Panteleimon. Good words!

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