In His Presence

“It’s not enough for the priests and ministers of the future to be moral people, well trained, eager to help their fellow humans, and able to respond creatively to the burning issues of their time.  All of that is very valuable and important, but it is not the heart of Christian leadership.  The central question is, are the leaders of the future truly men and women of God, people with an ardent desire to dwell in God’s presence, to listen to God’s voice, to look at God’s beauty, to touch God’s incarnate word, and to taste fully God’s infinite goodness?” – Henri Nouwen

 

Somehow in the midst of ministry, it is easy to loose sight these things.  It is easy to get caught up in the activities and work, and completely neglect the necessity of being in His presence.  Rarely do I consider His beauty and goodness.  Rarely do I put aside time to listen for His voice. It is not that I do not desire these things. It is simply that I do not set aside time for them.   And, I imagine most leaders struggle with these same aspects in their ministries. We typically do not encourage our leaders to take time to be with God… maybe we should reconsider that.

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