“Dear fellas, I can’t believe how fast things move on the outside…The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” ~ Brooks Hatlen || The Shawshank Redemption
I can relate to character Brook Hatlen’s sentiment about the world getting itself into a big hurry. Often, when I lift my eyes from the pages of Gospels, I feel a tension between what I have read and the world into which I must mind and body return. I see in Jesus, a life so unhurried, so interruptible, so unbusy, so at ease, so fruitful, I ask myself, “How am I going to do this, to live like this, to lead like this, in a world that is moving a light speed?”
Alan Fadling‘s book An Unhurried Leader provides a road map into just how a leader might live this sort of life. Through his own stories, he calls us to acknowledge our drivenness, our anxiety, and the reality that we often fail to see that our influence must come out of the abundance of God’s presence in our lives. Hurry hampers our lives, so our lives must be reordered and realigned through quietness, trust, repentance, and rest.
If we are to lead in an unhurried way, we must lead out of abundance. He reminds us that if we are working with God, we will work and lead in a way that is in keeping with who God is. So, we must lead out an abundance of Christ and out of the presence of Christ. Alan reminds us that we often rush to create and build our visions for God and miss waiting for our vision to intersect with His. Alan reminds us that at leaders we must ask ourselves if we are willing to humbly, but boldly ask for a vision and wait.
What I enjoyed so much about this book is that it is calling us to something we, in one sense already know as leaders, but also calling us to do and become what we so very much desire, but often are too rushed or too afraid to do. We know our souls are desperate to be unhurried. We know that we can find power in our weakness, powerlessness, humility, and dependence, but we allow ourselves to be rushed and hurried and so fail to grasp these conduits of power. Alan, chapter after chapter calls us back and points the way.
An Unhurried Leader is not just a book about spiritual disciplines, but Alan does provide questions at the end of each chapter that will prompt you to consider the ideas and enter a time of unhurried reflection to consider what God might have to say to you.
In a world that has “got itself in a big damn hurry” and in a leadership culture that focused on speed, An Unhurried Leader calls us to a different way. Alan reminds us that we can rush by, sipping and snacking or we can stop, pause, eat and drink of the abundance of Christ and lead out of this power.