Leadership expert John Maxwell tells the story of why animal trainers go into a cage of lions carrying whips, pistols and stools. Why stools?
Apparently, the trainer holds the stool by the back, and thrusts the legs toward the face of the wild animal. It tries to focus on all four legs at once, and in that attempt, a sort of paralysis overwhelms the animal.
It becomes tame, weak and disabled, because its attention has been fragmented.
Does that sound just a wee bit familiar? It does to me, that’s for sure.
I keep myself busy, without a doubt, as I’m sure you do. And at times, I consider whether I should stop doing something, but when I do, I realize that if I did stop something, I would likely just pick up something else in its place.
We have accustomed ourselves to doing something all the time. There can be value in that, but only up to a certain point. Each of us needs margin in our lives.
If you’ve been looking at all four legs on that stool, and you feel paralyzed, it’s time to stop and re-evaluate. What could you give up to build more margin into your life? Sometimes, we need to give up something good, something very good, in order to have time for that which will make usbetter, not least of which is time with the Lord.
“Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46.10, NLT).