Stop and Listen

One of the hardest thing for a leader to do is to “stop”.  We have conditioned ourselves to move at a certain pace, and it’s hard to slow down, it’s hard to take a deep breath, and it’s hard to just turn off the demands and opportunities that are around us.

We tend to run all year and even before the year ends, we begin looking forward.  2012 is just around the corner, and we want to get started!

Today, I want to simply remind you to do 2 things:

First, STOP

Don’t rush through these days.  Don’t ignore the significance of Christmas. Christ was born and we celebrate this.  The entire world is reminded of His birth, whether they want to believe or not.  STOP.  This single gift from God makes everything we do throughout the year worth it.  This celebration reminds us of the hope we have and the life we’ve been given.  Christ’s birth should be the fuel in our lives that drives us each and every day.

The Christmas Celebration is here.  Don’t miss it.  STOP.


Second, LISTEN

Jim Elliot once said, “The sound of ‘gentle stillness’ after all the thunder and wind have passed will be the ultimate Word from God.”

As you celebrate this year, take time to listen.  It’s been a full year.  It’s been a busy year.  You’ve been running at an incredible pace.

Find some opportunity for “stillness” in your life.  Learn to turn it all off.

We encourage you to begin thinking about next year and creating goals, but we haven’t encouraged you enough to just stop, to be still, and to listen to God’s voice in your life.  Stop asking questions.  Stop trying to figure everything out. Stop thinking about the future.  Stop worrying today.


Listen to His voice.

Listen to His words of hope and His promises.

Listen to His voice inside of you.

There’s plenty of time to begin planning for tomorrow.

Today, I want to simply remind you to STOP and to LISTEN.  It might be an hour during a busy time.  It might be minutes of solitude you’re able to capture.  You might be surprised to find this time in the midst of your family celebration.  Look for the opportunity.

Don’t miss it.


“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”   Luke 2:11,12 (ESV)

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 31 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: Write directly to Russ at: twitter: leadwithruss, leadermundial

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