Leaders are consistently pouring out into others, it is what we have been called to do. To teach, lead, support, encourage, help one another, and whatever else the Lord calls us to. As we pour out into others, it is important that we are being poured into by others.
In the past, when we have discussed mentoring and discipleship at our live meetings, we have shared with the leaders that mentors also need mentors. This is one way in which we can be poured into. But, there are also other ways that leaders can take intentional steps to ensure they are being poured into. Empty pitchers need to be filled. If they are not refilled, they can no longer pour into the cups they serve.
Here Are Some Suggestions to Fill Up Your Empty Pitcher:
- Regular Church Attendance. If you are not attending somewhere, regularly, you miss the fuel of corporate worship. If you can’t attend your home church, find a church you can visit in the interim.
- Regular Bible Study. Making sure that you are connecting with God’s word, either in a community study or your own personal study provides you with a constant flow of His wisdom and guidance.
- Dedicated Prayer Life. Our prayers put us in direct communication with God, sharing our hearts and being open to His answer. He can fuel us directly with the presence of His Spirit in these moments of intimacy with Him.
- Pump in the Worship Music. On a run. In the car. Around the house. Filling yourself with music that glorifies Him, lyrics that share His Word and affection can boost the emotional tank.
- Attend an Event. Whether it is a conference, retreat, workshop, simulcast, live speaking event, etc. make sure to attend events at other churches or locations that YOU are not planning. Allowing yourself to be served helps refuel your servants heart.
- Get Away with God. Schedule a time where you can take a break from all the things distracting you and set aside a lengthy period where you spend one on one time with God. We will speak about this more in November, but planning a personal retreat of 24 hours or longer can help you shake off the dust and prepare your heart for what He will have you doing next. Letitia Suk’s book “Getaway with God” is an excellent source for planning a personal retreat.