My son Ben is working another summer in the Montana mountains, leading adventures at Flathead Lutheran Bible camp. No cell phone reception on the trail.
Ben was backpacking in the Montana mountains. No cell signal. Anna was camping in the Colorado mountains. Again, no signal. And Melinda and Katie were at the tip of South Africa asleep in a remote vacation home. Strike three. For the first time in my life since cell phones I couldn’t connect with at least one person in my immediate family. Ouch. Forced silence.
In the midst of long meditative prayer I saw the abundance in my solitude: in the silence I realized my family was traveling fancy free, a luxury only affordable by a few. My sitting alone in the Denver airport was one of the simple acts of service required to make their journeys possible. That was a real growth moment: Our faith grows the most when we listen the most.
Good leaders make a habit of searching for deeper meaning in the growing pains of a good life. And we find ways to be grateful, even when tired, cranky and lonely.
In what ways are you growing today?