Out of Balance

FountainThis fountain has been in our family for at least 15 years.  It was an anniversary gift to my wife, and we’ve moved it to a couple of different homes, and it moved to the United States with us when we moved here from Ecuador.  It’s solid rock, weighs a lot, and has some sentimental value in our lives.

This weekend I spent some time working on the fountain.

When we moved into our home, I placed it in our backyard, but because of the weight of the fountain, it began to sink.  I put some support in the ground, yet in continued to sink.  As it sank, it wasn’t sitting straight, which caused some problems for the pump.  At time, if the water was low, there wasn’t enough water to run through the pump, which caused the pump to burn out.  When the pump stopped, the water got stagnant and dirty, and the once “glorious fountain” was an eyesore and it wasn’t something we enjoyed.

So, this past week, I dug out the base.  Filled it with 2 different kinds of gravel, which provided support to keep it from sinking.  We cleaned up the fountain, put it back together, put a new pump in it, and this morning, it’s pumping clean water again through the fountain, and we’re enjoying the sound and the memories associated with this.

It just took some simply maintenance, some attention, and a little energy to breath new life into the fountain.

Are there areas of your life that are out of balance?

Are there things that you haven’t paid enough attention to, and things aren’t working real well?

It’s a pretty simply application:  If you don’t take care of these things, you will eventually BURN OUT, just like the pump.

Three things we have to do to protect ourselves from this:

#1)  Pay Attention

Don’t ignore the signs.  Don’t be so busy that you aren’t paying attention to the many different aspects of your life and leadership.  Keep your eyes open.

#2)  Catch it Early

If I had attacked this issue when I saw the fountain sinking, I could have saved the pump, and we could have been enjoying the fountain these past months.  If you catch it quick, there’s less pain and a better chance that it’s easier to fix and address.

#3)  Don’t be Afraid to Ask For Help

Sometimes we don’t address issues because they’re too big.  We’d rather act like there’s no problem.  If it seems impossible, get some help.  Ask others to walk with you, to help you address issues.  The reality is that the reason I didn’t fix the fountain earlier is because it was really heavy, I didn’t want my wife to hurt her back, so I just kept putting it off.

Take some time to examine your life.  Are you out of balance?  Are there things that need your attention?

Make the adjustments now, before it’s too late!

Hebrews 2:1-4 (NIV)  “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”

I Thessalonians 5:21 & 22 (NIV)  “Test everything.  Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”

Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 30 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: www.russellcline.com Write directly to Russ at: rcline@extremeresponse.org www.extremeresponse.org www.leadermundial.org twitter: leadonesource, leadermundial

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