“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?  Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”

(Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)

If you’re a leader, this resonates. It speaks to the ache in your soul. What would a real rest look like? For that matter, what would a day off look like?

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When you are busy feeding everyone else, your soul is starving. Whether you lead in your family, your church, your company, or in the corporate world, you need to care for your soul. Leaders are often so busy tending to the needs of others, or keeping up with work/ministry/kids, they don’t take time to care for their own souls.

The work you do matters. It does. But in order to sustain that work, you’ll need to find a way to care for your soul. I want to help you do that.

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This month, we’re going to link to a series of articles on soul care for leaders that I originally wrote for Christianity Today. In one of those articles, I wrote:

How would you complete the sentence, “I couldn’t possibly …”?

Now, figure out a way to do the thing you think you can’t, but that your soul is longing for. Especially if that means taking time for rest, for solitude, for refreshment: simply taking a break.

Read the entire article here. Then come back and leave a comment to let me know what you think. Share your observations, experience or questions.