- You can teach what you know, but you reproduce what you are.
- Wayne told his own story of going full-speed for 22-years until it caught up with him.
- Some symptoms: Ministry was no longer fun; avoided people; decisions were tough; started thinking about retiring; thought people who brought up concerns were blaming me.
- He was 52-years old and a melt-down had begun. Soon, the physical symptoms began. His serotonin levels were depleted and he was replacing it with adrenaline.
- The road to success (as you perceive it) and the road to a nervous breakdown are sometimes the very same road.
- Sometimes the only time radical change happens is through radical pain.
- When you are in crisis, you are open to hearing God when you weren't before.
- In his crisis, Wayne checked himself into a monastery. No talking. No internet. No cell phone. No coffee. God changed his life during these 7-days.
- You have to know what fills and what drains your tank. What am I doing when I feel the most alive, the fullest? Who am I with? Where am I doing this?
- Quote: "When I'm too busy, I increase my playtime."
- Sometimes you have to trick your mind so it's okay to take a day off.
- Schedule your rest time before everything else.
- Find a "lightning rod." Find someone you can dump on that will help you stay grounded. Otherwise you'll dump on anyone who is around.
- Wayne says the best thing he ever did for his church was to teach them to feed themselves, to read the Bible, and to use a Life Journal.
- Read the Bible and use the SOAP acrostic: S=Scripture (write it down); O=Observation; A=Application and P=Prayer.
As Wayne was talking, his story in many ways paralleled my own story from a couple of years ago. This session, for that reason, was very affirming.