How an Inefficient Relationship Can Help You Lead


Reposted from Five Feet Twenty

As many of you know, I have the incredible privilege to lead monthly Truth@Work roundtable groups for Christian business and ministry leaders in our community. One of the portions of these meetings is a time in which each member shares with the group what they commit to do, or stop doing, in the next month.

One of the commitments from a member, who I’ll call Sue, was to spend intentional one on one time with each of her children…a date of sorts. This may not sound like a big deal; however, for a mom who owns a small business with many demands, this is no easy task.

The following month she gladly shared with her group that she accomplished her goal and had an amazing time with each child. Then she said something profound, “I just love my kids, even more after spending one on one time with them!”

What happened to Sue was as she spent more quality time with her children, her love of them only increased.

The same is true in any relationship. I have heard it said that we should be very efficient with our things but very inefficient in our relationships. This is something I am trying to learn.

Jesus told us the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

So how do we begin to love the Lord in this way?

Just as Sue did, we need to spend some one on one time with Him. In other words, for those of us who have seemingly too much to do, we must be inefficient in our relationship with God. While I don’t get this right very often, the times that I do, I have found that my day goes much more smoothly and my ability to lead, or do anything, only increases. So I encourage you to be inefficient with God!


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