Back surgery is a scary thing - not a lot of room for human error.
When Tony’s neurosurgeon, Dr Rivera, entered room 812 his demeanor brightened up the atmosphere. Yes the surgery was serious, but when the doctor is upbeat, hopeful and positive, it kinda makes you feel like everything will be ok.
I thought about Tony, Dr Rivera and room 812 this morning as I listened to Mark Conner on my ipod say something like this…
“Successful people manage their energy, not just their time.”
What if Dr Rivera knew how to manage his time, but not his energy? What if he was on time for his scheduled pre-surgery check up, but walked in room 812 depressed, angry or confused? I think I'd start looking for another doc.
I am glad Tony's doc was on time, but I am really glad he was not depressed, angry or confused? Being prompt is ok, but if I have to make a choice, I’d rather have a doctor who is positive, hopeful and confident.
I am glad Dr Rivera managed his time AND his energy. (I am also glad the surgery went well and Tony will be back in the Manila Autogas office, and on the golf course soon.)
As spiritual leaders we must learn to not only manage our time, but more importantly our energy and emotions. It is not enough to preach good sermons, we must live good lives and treat people with kindness, grace and compassion. Too often the never-ending pressure of the 24/7 ministry lifestyle drains pastors and leaders of all emotional energy, leaving us running on fumes by the time we get home.
Not sure exactly how to do it, but I thank Mark C for the exhortation to manage my energy better. Anyone out there got any energy/emotion management tips?