I was hanging out with a group of worship pastors in Houston at FBC, Humble where Mark Harden serves. We were enjoying a day of worship, conversations, prayer, and fellowship. It had already been a special day when Mark loaded us up on a bus for a “group activity.”
We went to play Laser Tag.
Now, I could have never imagined how much fun shooting at Worship Pastors could be and I noticed many of them seemed to really enjoy shooting at me. I had to go back to the re-charge station about every two minutes.
But what an awesome time we had. It made the whole day just sort of make sense. Something about spending 30 minutes in a mindless, fun activity made the rest of the day come back into a focus that we could remember for a long time.
Jesus knew how to pull aside and re-charge. And I’ve noticed that great leaders find ways to allow their focus to be interrupted with pauses that refresh. After a brief respite, they are back into gear and ready to attack the challenges of the day.
But far too many of us never make it back to the re-charge station. And the truth is, we are taking shots all the time. We may be on the battlefield, but we’ve long since lost our ammunition.
I’m not talking about abusing opportunities for rest. There is a balance here that can be achieved if we have the right accountability in our lives.
I am talking about finding ways to renew and refresh. It’s a lesson better learned before we have to learn it the hard way.
Sometimes you just have to hit the “pause” button.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.