Last week, I had the opportunity of attending a pastors and wives retreat led by Dr. and Mrs. Steve Gaines. It was incredibly refreshing. Steve and Donna serve at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis and Steve is president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
During one of our sessions, Dr. Gaines shared his “10 Step Growth Plan” that he tries to accomplish daily. It impacted and challenged me, and I’m sure it’ll do the same for you.
It’s not what you can do in A day, but EVERY day that matters. Plan your day and work your plan.
Here are ten things healthy leaders do daily:
1. Read the Bible.
Use a Bible reading plan and read the Bible every day. The audio feature of the Bible app is especially helpful for Bible reading while you’re driving or exercising.
Talk with the Lord. Pray the Scriptures. Look at your church’s prayer list. Use a prayer journal. Do one or all of these.
I recently talked with a pastor who lost 52 pounds, and he has walked 10,000 steps daily for exactly a year. Incredible!
- Eat Well
This isn’t easy. I struggle with it. Most of us have a hard time eating with wisdom. Make it a point of daily intentionality. Our bodies are the temple of God!
- Pray with my wife, tell her I love her, and talk with her.
Last night, Charity and I sat on our porch, and we had a pleasant conversation. I went to sleep thinking about how much I enjoyed us just laughing together.
- Write an encouraging note.
If you’re a frequent reader of my website, you know I’m huge on handwritten notes. They mean the world to people.
- Do my work.
Make a task list. Then, prioritize it. Then, execute it. Work heartily unto the Lord!
In addition to your Bible reading, read at least 30 minutes a day. If you’re an audio learner, listen to a book for at least 30 minutes a day with the Audible app. If you want to read articles via audio, use the Speaky app.
- Give something to somebody every day.
There’s no better way to build a culture of generosity in your organization or family than to give every day. Give money, or prayer, or something every day. Be a giver!
- Share my testimony or the Gospel with someone.
If God has called you to be a fisher of men, then go fishing every day. Have you ever been around someone who is really into fishing? They talked about it obsessively. They talk about their boat, lures, bait, etc.
Beg God for passion for souls. Be a soul winner.
If you do these ten things every day, just think of the way your life and your family’s life will change in the long-term. I reiterate: Plan your work and work your plan. Now, you have a plan . . . work it!