Wise leaders seek to lead from a healthy soul. Great in theory, way too often becomes challenging in practice. This past week I finished reading the book Replenish by Lance Witt. The book was a great tool to check the care of my soul and was filled with some great quotes that fed my soul. May they feed yours as well.
“A leader is a person who must take special responsibility for what’s going on inside of himself or herself … lest the act of leadership create more harm than good.” — Parker Palmer
“To keep a lamp burning, we have to put oil in it.” — Mother Teresa
“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
What is helping you lead from a healthy soul today?
“A healthy soul must do two things for us. First, it must put some fire in our veins, keep us energized, vibrant, living with zest and full of hope as we sense that life is, ultimately beautiful and worth living … Second, a healthy soul has to keep us fixed together. It has to continually give us a sense of who we are, where we came from, where we are going, and what sense there is in all of this.” — Ronald Rolheiser
“O how click and weasel-like is self-pride.” — Thomas Kelly
Humility “is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God. Where God is all, self is nothing.” — Andrew Murray
“We feel honestly the pull of many obligations and try to fulfill them all. And we are unhappy, uneasy, strained, oppressed and fearful we shall be shallow … We have hints that there is a way of life vastly richer and deeper than all this hurried existence, a life of unhurried serenity and peace and power.” — Thomas Kelly
“The history of God’s people is not a record of God searching for courageous men and women who could handle the task,but God transforming the hearts of cowards.” — Erwin McManus
“We have to ask ourselves, ‘Am I really trying to discern God’s will, or determine whether I want to do it?'” — Erwin McManus
“Sabbath is God’s gracious ‘five o’clock whistle’ that gives me permission to stop and lay down my tools, ready or not.” — Lynne Baab
“The vessel in which soul-making takes place is an inner container scooped out by reflection and wonder.” — Thomas Moore
“Ministry leaders are usually better quarterbacks than coaches. We like to be out on the field, personally leading the charge, calling the plays and directing the team. Coaches are about developing people and getting the very best of them. While quarterbacks make plays, coaches make players.” — Lance Witt
“Your outward circumstances may not change, but you can change the trajectory of your soul. With God’s help, you really can bring your soul back to life.” — Lance Witt