Below is an excerpt from Bill Hybels’ brand-new book, Simplify. Adapted from a series he taught at Willow Creek Community Church last fall, this book presents ten practices to help unclutter your soul. We’re also giving away 5 copies today, enter to win at the bottom of the article.
A good portion of my work these days involves coaching and men- toring leaders, both here in the United States and around the world. Increasingly, whether I’m speaking with leaders at home or abroad, at Willow Creek or in other circles of my life, I hear the same words repeated over and over: exhausted, overwhelmed, overscheduled, anxious, isolated, dissatisfied. It’s a bipartisan issue—young and old, rich and poor, professionals and parents, women and men, Republicans and Democrats. And it’s a global issue—I’ve heard these words in English and in countless foreign languages.
It was startling to hear these words so often. I began to realize that, as leaders and Christ followers, we needed to address this situation. So whenever I had a chance, I began openly discussing burnout, stress, and dissatisfaction. My gut told me the topics might strike a chord with people, because they certainly struck a chord with me.
I grossly underestimated the impact.