Wind Watchers | Ecclesiastes 11.1-6
Be generous: Invest in acts of charity.
Charity yields high returns.
Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around.
Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night.
When the clouds are full of water, it rains.
When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls.
Don’t sit there watching the wind. Do your own work.
Don’t stare at the clouds. Get on with your life.
Just as you’ll never understand
the mystery of life forming in a pregnant woman,
So you’ll never understand
the mystery at work in all that God does.
Go to work in the morning
and stick to it until evening without watching the clock.
You never know from moment to moment
how your work will turn out in the end.
Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 | MSG
In his book Deliberate Simplicity, Dave Browning explains what it means to have passion in writing:
“At a writer’s workshop, the moderator asked a group of well known authors this question, what does it take to write a best seller? After a little discussion the consensus was that writers must be in a fury. If you write with passion, your words are intensified. Your message has force. Your readers can better sense your spirit and sincerity. The authors went on to suggest that “if you cannot write with passion perhaps you have chosen the wrong subject.”
It is with a fury that I write about what it means not only survive but thrive in leadership when the most daunting of paths are laid before us.
It is with great sadness that I reflect on some of the spin-outs that I have witnessed.
These were people who I never thought would be taken off course. I am compelled to share what I have learned about being diligent to survive the challenging moments of leadership. Some of those moments can be obvious, others sneak up on you and hit you when you least expect it. For years, I have observed dedicated people arriving at places in their lives where they were not equipped to navigate.
The end result was a wreck—and oftentimes, a severe pile-up in their wake.
“Don’t sit there watching the wind. Do your own work.” For you, what is the balance between waiting for the right moment and conditions, and just getting to it? How do you know when to launch?
Abba, give me a healthy balance between preparation and action; let me not go off half-cocked, but do, in fact, let me get to going off! Show me how to seize the opportunities you lay before me this day.