What is the opposite of burning out? It’s staying lit. Keeping fueled.
My word for this new year is FUEL. Fuel drives cars, boats, planes, engines and fuel drives us. In order to maintain and sustain a healthy pace, I need to be fueled in many ways.
Today’s blog focus will be the fuel of solitude. Whether you are a ministry leader, corporate executive, stay at home mom or college student, you need to find appropriate times of solitude.
Certain personality styles are more hard-wired to crave and require alone time. However, all healthy adults need solitude. Christians throughout the ages have been comforted by the benefits and discipline of solitude.
In his book “Leading on Empty”, Wayne Cordiero says “Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the first.”
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you ponder the fuel of solitude:
- Do you have the ability to have a daily solitude to start or end your day with God?
- Are you more naturally wired FOR solitude or will weaving it into your lifestyle cut against your grain?
- What is the difference between solitude and isolation in your own words?
- Describe the last time you had meaningful time alone. What did you do? How did it happen? How can you recreate it?
- What is one way you can intentionally create the fuel of solitude this week? What is your plan for this time?
Luke 5:16 says “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” A quick look at the verse before, Luke 5:15 says, “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.” Verse 15 is a reminder that Jesus had demands on his time, schedule and calling. However, he chose to withdraw in solitude to fuel himself praying to His father.
What about you? In the midst of endless demands on your time, energy and calendar, I’d love to hear more about how you use solitude to fuel your life. Leave a comment below so that we can learn together.