We’ve got your daily encouragement for Thursday, August 27, 2020.

Today’s Athlete Word of the Day was written by Phil Woody.

READ: Luke‬ ‭5:15-16‬ 

ATHLETE WORD: 
Do you ever wonder why we struggle with solitude so much. Lord knows we have just walked through a Long season of it. For many, the season still exists where we, like Jesus after his baptism, have felt “led Into the wilderness.”

Driven into the wilderness may feel more appropriate. But Jesus sought solitude all the time. What did Jesus know that we struggle to? What if the answer was, that the lid of whatever tribe we lead, whether it be our family, our box community, or our employees or coworkers, is us.

The myth is that more is more. Jesus had an amazing healing ministry happening where hundreds were coming to him and finding healing and restoration. By all accounts, he was being a huge success and the kingdom was growing. But more isn’t always more.

Jesus goes away to pray and upon praying leaves the people. This sounds completely opposite of everything we have been taught about leadership. When influence grows, you ride the wave. Jesus instead of grabbing a surfboard, grabbed his sandals.

Covid-19 forced us all into isolation. Our patterns of activity were broken whether we wanted them broken or not. Our “more” instantly became “less.” Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness where he was tested. The test was for clarity of who he was and what he was suppose to be about.

What if the call of God on your life this season wasn’t about producing more but about how much he wanted to produce in your life that would become richness and overflow. Instead of giving more of you he wanted to give others more of a him through you.

SKILL WORK: 

Ask the Father these questions:

  1. What was I doing that looked like more but wasn’t?
  2. How much of what I was giving others was me and not you Jesus?
  3. What am I missing that you want to fill with your overflow because of your love for me?

What’s more important than the mission…the missionary! Jesus loves you first. It’s that love in you that becomes the “more!”

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