If you’re like me, your dreams of what leadership would look like didn’t include burnout, failure, becoming apathetic or cynical. But many of our experiences have left us feeling stressed, worn out, and ready to throw in the towel.

So how do we overcome being overwhelmed?

I’ve had to learn that as much as I wish I could, I simply can’t be everything to everyone or do everything. My spirit is willing; my schedule is weak.

We are created in the image of God, but while we are image bearers, we are not God. We are designed with limitations that point us to our deep need for our creator. We can either accept our limitations and learn how to thrive, or we can continue to push against our limitations until we experience the inevitable breakdown of our bodies, hearts, and minds.

Think of it this way: a museum only has so much room on its walls to hold fine art. While there is a world full of great pieces,  a museum curator specializes in choosing artwork that fits into the bigger theme of the museum at the time. Certain criteria must be met for a work of art to take up space.

We need to become master curators of our lives, learning how to say “no” to very good things so that we can maximize the best things.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share a few ways to measure and calibrate your health as a leader in four key areas:

  • Relational
  • Physical
  • Mental and
  • Spiritual

In the meantime, I’d encourage you to take a few quiet minutes with a piece of paper and a pen and simply audit how you’re doing in those four areas. Where are you thriving? Where are you drowning? Where is your time going? What does your morning and evening routine look like? Where do you ultimately want to end up?

God didn’t call you to leadership to crush or destroy you. So let’s lean in and start to unpack what it looks like to thrive and not just survive.

The Best Is Yet To Come,

Dave