I’ve just spent 3 days at the Arrow leadership programme gathering where the main teacher was a guy in his 70’s called Gordon MacDonald… all in all he spoke for over 6 hours. Wow, he was good. His wisdom and insights into how to have a resilient life have inspired me tremendously.
Most of the things that I truly felt where a bit of a luxury and add-on (really spending time in prayer, taking time to read and to grow in character) will hopefully be put to the for-front of my day-to-day life. Time and time again I kept thinking how unbalanced my life can become, neglecting the unseen things while enjoying the public role I have in preaching and teaching.
Gordon taught us that we must build a life that grows to be more satisfying, more strategic and more pleasing to God with every year. He warned against a disordered life that is: restless, unproductive, has a vague spiritual life, where personal relationships are in disarray, lacking in direction and priorities and an inability to concentrate. When leaving the conference I said to James Lawrence the leader of Arrow how ‘loaded’ I felt. I feel rich in resources to seek to live a resilient and guarded life… at the end of the time we gathered around Gordon and thanked him for what he brought to us, not your general kind of ‘thanks, you have been great,’ but rather a deep heart-felt specific thanks. It was quite moving.
Right, time to go and put some of the things into practice and spend some quality time with my family.
Please post up your thoughts on what you have come across Gordan MacDonald and how you have been helped!