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Taking the Time to Ponder

Scott Kronlund

To ponder: “to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate; to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully” according to dictionary.com.    I remember when I first heard the word “ponder” as a child; it was part of the Christmas Story: “and it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”  (Luke 2: 15 – 19 KJV; italics added for emphasis).  From a more modern perspective, The Message puts it this way: “Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.”

 We all have much to ponder this time of year; especially when reflecting on all of the blessings that God has seen fit to share with us over the past year, with the Gift of His Son heading the top of that list.  However, as ministry leaders, I believe that we have much more to ponder as we carefully consider the effectiveness our own leadership.  In fact, many prominent teachers of leadership principles advocate strongly that we regularly spend a concerted amount of time quietly reflecting on the fruits of our leadership labors. Perhaps, the year’s end is an ideal time to do this.  For instance, where has God been most active in my leadership this past year?  What worked well?  What didn’t?  Which activity produced the best fruit?  Where did I make the most of my time?  Where did I waste my time?  What opportunities did I capitalize on?  Which ones did I squander?  Which relationships did I best cultivate?  In whom would I like to invest more of my mentorship time? Which activities would I like to keep doing this next year?  Which should I jettison?  You see, it’s only through the process of self-evaluation that we are able to grow in the ways that God intends.

 So, as we get nearer to Christmas Day, I would encourage all of us to take the time necessary to deeply ponder the mystery of the birth of Jesus in the light of our leadership responsibilities as ambassadors for His Kingdom.  Spend some time carefully examining your 2009 calendar, get some rest, and begin to energize yourself for a great new year of ministry in 2010!  On behalf of all of us here at TAG Consulting, have a very blessed Christmas!  Scott

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