Whenever there is crisis, inner richness and peace becomes more important than other things.
Great leaders don’t joke with the state of their inner lives because they know that true strength flows from the inner being of a person.
But achieving this requires a deliberate practice of solitude. This is the ability to constantly withdraw from the external noisy world and connect with God in your spirit.
Effective practice of solitude always give birth to freshness, renewal, refocus, rejuvenation, revelation and restoration.
Renewal in solitude is one of the visible patterns in the life and leadership of Jesus. This was how he retained His focus, faithfulness and fruitfulness in spite of all the crisis that characterized His ministry.
Renewal in solitude is one of the master secrets of Christ. Of course, this practice has been existing before Christ came. Many philosophers who lived before Him practiced it.
But how Jesus practiced solitude is absolutely different from the common practices.
Solitude to Jesus is not about separation or desire to be in your own presence and enjoy your own company.
The focus of Jesus in the practice of solitude is the Father.
It is a deliberate separation or desire to be in the presence of God and enjoy God’s company.
This is true solitude that was established before the fall in Eden.
The power and purpose of this is what Christ lived out before us.
As a leader, you must practice the discipline of renewal in solitude and lead others to do likewise.
Jesus did not just practice renewal in solitude alone. He brought His leadership team into this practice.
But apart from the multitude, the leadership team and the core leadership team of Jesus, He practiced solitude alone.
Do you engage in this practice? How often and consistently do you seek renewal in solitude?
Please note that solitude is not loneliness. It is not a feeling. It is not just about having sense of isolation.
Solitude is a purposeful act of creating an undisturbed environment, atmosphere and condition when you can quietly connect, pray, observe, listen and gain clarity from God and what He has for you.
Solitude is your inspiration centre.
It is the place you can truly be inspired to generate strength and depth needed to handle the pressures around you.
Father, we receive an enablement to practice the discipline of renewal in solitude like Jesus.
“As a leader, you must practice the discipline of renewal in solitude and lead others to do likewise!”
Mark 6:31, Luke 5:16
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