COURAGE QUEST DEVOS
I am the type of guy who likes to live life in the fast lane. Like most apostolic and entrepreneur types I have what has been profiled as the D personality. If my schedule isn’t full then I don’t feel effective. However, I have learned the hard way that busyness doesn’t always equal effectiveness. A fast driver may have a life full of accomplishments, but many of them quit early or leave a trail of wounded people behind them. Here is a word of caution to those in ministry that tend to be drawn to the fast and furious lifestyle.
Fast Drivers only look out the front windshield.
Fast drivers are destination driven and can easily miss those that are right next to them. It’s important that fast drivers take time to look to the right and to the left as they pursue their goals or they may hurt people in their pursuit. Fast drivers need to remember that their friends and family are not worth sacrificing on their quest to “change the world.” Valuable time with your family will keep you balanced and healthy as you press on.
Fast Drivers don’t take time to ask for directions.
Fast drivers like to figure things out on their own – they are the boss. They are very independent and don’t like to admit that they need help. If they are not careful they will end up far from where God wants to lead them due to their negligence of wise counsel from others and from the Holy Spirit. Fast drivers need to learn to value the input of others and need to continually strive to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Fast Drivers don’t like to stop for gas.
Fast drivers are on a mission and maintenance isn’t it, but if they do not refuel their souls they may end it up stranding themselves. It is crucial that they spend time pulling over from the quickness of life to spend solitude time in God’s word and prayer. Fast drivers need to realize that their intimacy with God is what will keep them fueled for the long haul.
Fast Drivers get impatient with Slow Drivers
Fast drivers hate getting stalled out behind slow drivers. It feels like a waste of their time. If a fast driver is traveling with a so slow driver/decision-maker then they will most likely have a conflict. Fast drivers need to learn how to adjust their speed to those around them. They will find great strength when they learn how to synergies with those traveling at different speeds .
Fast drivers love leaving people in the Dust.
Fast drivers are very competitive. They don’t want anyone to surpass their giftedness or accomplishments. They want to be the best. If someone passes a fast driver then they turn on the nitro and try to catch up. Fast drivers need to know that ministry is not an every-man-for-himself competition its a battle where no-man-gets-left-behind.
Fast Drivers are more likely to crash.
A fast driver may think that they can drag race through the mountains, but sooner or later their engine is going to blow or they are going to crash hard. When a person crashes in ministry they can fall into sin, depression, or a very dry place with God. Many that crash in ministry…never return. Fast drivers need to move at a pace that they can handle and watch their gauges closely. They need to make sure to pull over and seek counsel from mentors if their “engines” are getting too hot. (Sabbatical)
Is God calling you to slow down, refuel, or ask for directions?
I found out today that the legendary action sport athlete Dave Mirra died from a self inflicted wound. It’s not uncommon to read articles about extreme athletes dying at a young age, but Dave Mirra’s death was different. I’m still trying to make sense of it. Somehow depression snuck into his life and got the best of him. Which seems strange because Dave was an innovator who piled on medals at the X-Games. According to wikipedia here are just a few of his career accomplishments :
He won a medal at the X Games in every year from 1995 through 2009, with the exception of 2006. He won 24 medals at the X Games, including 14 gold medals, which stood as a record until 2013. In 2005, Mirra won the Best Male Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award
As the action sports world and myself are mourning the tragic news, I felt nudged to explore this unmerciful monster called: Depression. I know that Dave is not the only action sports star who has fought it. This monster takes you on in an invisible mental war. Its easy to assume that people that can double backflip a BMX are emotionally on top of the world. But it’s simply not true. Sometimes even success can lead to depression, especially when the “glory” days seem to be behind us.
Depression is often masked by those that struggle with it. No one likes to admit weakness, but according to surveys it plagues about 10% of our nation and it’s said that 25% of college students struggle with it.
So what causes it? HURT.
Somewhere, some place, a person has began to feel hurt.
Hurt can hit a person in a variety of way:
A person can try to conquer depression by drinking more, but it won’t work for the long haul .
There are no quick fixes, but here are some ways to help you face-off with this monster and kick it out of your life.
Caleb Bislow the author of Dangerous and founder of Unusual Soldiers.