Commitment... to Solitude
A Kingdom Leader is able to rise above the congestion of activity to find solitude. That solitude is necessary for clarity in thinking. It allows time for a review of direction, goals and the setting of priorities. It provides quiet so you can focus. It also permits time for prayer which is power for a follower of Christ. It also gives you the resolve to say no to opportunities that are good but not best for you.
Are you able to be alone . . . to take a deep breath each day and determine your priorities? Are you able to listen to God concerning your daily priorities? Can you say no to good opportunities in order to accomplish your purpose? Jesus did this early in the book of Mark when the disciples wanted him to return to a town where everyone was at the door. (v. 33)
Mark 1:35-38 says, Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: Everyone is looking for you! Jesus replied; Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come. (1)
We understand that saying no is hard and we are praying for you.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
(1) The Holy Bible: New International Version. Electronic ed. Grand Rapids; Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S Mk 1:35-38
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.