So the other night, my oldest , asked me, "Dad, are you going to do anything different this next year?" Earlier that morning I had some prayer time with God and got the impression that I needed to spend "special morning time stuff" with God. I have been pretty consistent for about 5 months of each day getting up and reading my Bible. Part of the process has been looking for a word/verse to share with my other blog OneThought.net. What this has been doing is it has been taking my focus off what I need to hear from God and focusing on what I think others need to hear. My morning routine has become a bit longer because of this, but I can already sense the benefits to my walk with Christ.
As leaders of others, we need to protect that which is most central to us - Christ. It's kind of the put your own air mask on first before you try to help others. I think once we shift into "output only" mode, it is there that stale religion and obligation can take root.