Do you find this strange?

depth 2I have been reading a book entitled “Deep Influence: Unseen Practices that will Revolutionize your Leadership” by T.J. Addington. In his first chapter he makes a statement about leadership that I think many in our “hurry up” culture would find very strange. Here it is: “Depth takes time. It cannot be hurried!”
Now we don’t believe that about coffee. We have our Kerigs that whip up exotic coffee blends in under a minute. We can be bookin’ it out the door under two with coffee in hand.
We don’t believe that with most food preparation. We can pick up a burger & fries at Mickey D’s in under 3 minutes at the window. Or if you drop by the house there is always the micro-wave. We can’t even wait on our pop-corn. We can zap- fry it in the “wave” and there we have it.
But when it comes to leadership, especially in the church, should we not desire “depth?” Addington went on to say: “One of my greatest fears is that I would settle for a shallow heart, becoming distracted by strategies, activities, and ‘accomplishing the mission’- all good pursuits, but not the foundation of lasting influence.”
Think about it. Depth brings stability [roots of a tree going deep?] Depth also produces durability. It has stood the test of time. In leadership that is critical.
Paul reminds us of how critical depth is in Eph. 3:17 when he counsels us that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you being rooted and grounded in love…“. Later Paul told the Colossians that they were to be “rooted and built up in him and established in the faith” [2:7]. No wonder Paul told Timothy to “not be hasty in the laying on of hands” [I Tim. 5:22]…ie don’t be too quick to put someone in leadership. Earlier Paul emphasized that those who lead must first be tested , then let them serve .[I Tim. 3:10]
Do you value depth? THINK IT THRU

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