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There comes the point in the life cycle of everything that there seems to be stillness. It is as if nothing is moving, and there is little productivity. It is essential for every person to wisely discern when you are in a season or moment of stillness. In my 17 years of business and almost 25 years of ministerial leadership, I have often missed moments of silence and therefore forfeited opportunities to receive new strategy, insight, and direction for what is to come in the life cycle of both my ministry and business. It is as essential to take a moment of stillness as it is to discern when God has authored a moment of silence in your life.

I can recall a long season of productivity in my business that put me in a very comfortable financial place but left me depleted emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. There were times I felt a nudge from God to slow down and take a moment and ignored those moments. Eventually, the moments that I ignored for stillness created a season of almost four years of stillness. The higher your level of influence, the more times of stillness you need to take so that you remain effective in the lives of those who look to you.

In my season of stillness, I’ve learned to evaluate and correct areas of my life that have gone unaddressed due to my season of productivity. Productivity and prosperity can deceive one into thinking they are emotionally, mentally, and spiritually growing. I’ve discovered that those things can’t be the measuring stick for where I am and who I am. I encourage you that as you conclude, this year, take time to be still and re-evaluate where you are and where you’re going.