3. Recover your pathway to God. As leaders we can be so busy helping others develop their relationships with God and others, that we forget how to cultivate our own. We often forget that God invites us to experience him (and thus experience life) in satisfying ways unique to our temperament. I love to see the excitement and spark when leaders give themselves permission to find their pathway to God. Those who follow them can relax because it’s easier to have a leader who isn’t going to insist on a one-size-fits all approach to spirituality. Many have been helped by Gary Thomas’ book, Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God. Take your theology of who God is and experience him in your every-day world.

4. Read a different translation of the Bible. I had to detach myself from my need to look theologically sound by reading translations accurate to the original languages. So I now read the New Living Translation. The Holy Spirit has been instructing me through the freshness of The New Living translation, for which I am grateful.

So, be creative. As long as you set your boundaries through good exegesis, you can go ahead and play at the edges. Exegesis and hermeneutics sets the table, but good imagination creates the dishes. So enjoy.