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The Amish Voice 7

This week I conversed with a minister

who was simply overwhelmed. My trying

to help him proved futile because he would

not allow himself to see beyond his as-

sumed responsibilities and financial woes.

Sadly, this man is metaphoric of the many

leaders who assume many responsibilities

they should not assume. Many potential

problems arise whenever someone reaches

a saturation point, but refuses assistance

and is unwilling to change habits.

I want to highlight five of the potential

problems and emphasize a few solutions

for each.



potential problem is the addic-

tion to adrenaline.

Workaholics get used to

the adrenaline they feel when meeting cer-

tain goals or deadlines. Sadly, many lead-

ers develop a sense of pride at being busy,

often boasting whenever their schedule hits

overload because it feeds their false ego of

self-importance, and for this reason, they

have a hard time saying no to new respon-


The intensity one feels when over-

whelmed develops stress. This affects the

quality of their relationships. They can

become very controlling, territorial, and

sharp with their reactions to others. Stress

also affects their health in the long term.

Time with God, loved ones, and for

personal development tends to be neglected

or placed on the back burner. Depression

often sets in when someone who is addict-

ed to adrenaline attempts to slow down or


Suggested solutions include:

Establish a maximum number of

hours to focus on work each day.

Refuse to take work home with you.

Say no to an extra request to do

something if it means you cannot

accomplish it without adding to your

maximum allotted work day hours.

Schedule time off on a regular basis.



potential problem is burn-


The body, mind and emotions are de-

signed for a balance of work and rest. Time

must be made for both. Burnout sneaks up

on you, and when it comes, it can be very

difficult to recover.

Burnout produces a cacophony of emo-

tions. One might develop a sense of guilt,

anger or regret. These are hard to overcome

when one is in a state of burnout.

Suggested solutions include:

Recognize and admit that burnout is

real, and it needs to be eliminated.

Develop an exercise plan in combi-

nation with proper diet and rest.

Plan occasional getaways with those

you love. These do not have to be

expensive but they should be mean-


Learn to back away from the work-

load. It will be there when you re-




potential problem is the dam-

age you do to yourself and those who love


It has been said that when people ap-

proach the end of their lives, they never

say, "I wish I had spent more time at

work." Unfortunately, when you refuse to

be sensible and balanced about work, the

collateral damage to your family and close

relations can be devastating.

Spouses and children are often hurt and

damaged because they believe you love

your work or your church family more than

you love them. Many of the dysfunctions in

a leader's home arise because the leader has

neglected those at home. All too often a

leader's spouse or children develop resent-

ment or bitterness brought forth by a sense

of abandonment.

Suggested solutions include:

Make time for meaningful conversa-

tions on a frequent and regular basis.

Be involved in the outside activities

of those you love.

Learn to say yes to your family and

no to others.

Do not cancel promised plans with

your family when others call and ask

for your time.

Celebrate accomplishments with

those you love.

Help each other establish goals and

encourage each to attain them.

Hold regular and consistent family




potential problem is that by

doing everything yourself, you prevent God

from manifesting His capability to provide.

Who needs God when you can do every-

thing for yourself? Why would God have

to provide assistance when you won't let

Him? When God sends others to help you,

why do you continue to insist on doing

everything yourself?

Learn the arts of delegation and fa-


Study teamwork and become a team


Progress in leadership styles as God

adds people around you.

Learn to wait on God's timing and


Quit trying to play God and spend

more time seeking after God.



potential problem is the ne-

glect of personal care and leadership de-


Many of the problems a leader

faces today cannot be overcome unless new

skills are acquired. Leaders who are too

busy to take time for professional develop-

ment should not remain in a leadership


Always be involved in some form of

focused study and development.

Connect to a mentor with the experi-

ence and skill sets to help steer you

in the right directions.

Schedule a portion of your work-

week for professional development

and stick to it religiously.

Commit time and resources to per-

sonal and professional advancement.

– Dr. Fred Childs

Childs Ministry Group

Reprinted with Permission


—Dr. Fred Childs