Ponder: What a strange word! When was the last time you actually found yourself enjoying a good ponder?
The common definition of this intriguing word means to “reflect deeply on a subject.” In a spiritual context, one might use the word “meditate.” But today, I like the word ponder. Honestly (as I ponder this word), my immediate reaction to the word is riddled with negative connotations – as if pondering people are slow, indecisive, and perhaps out of touch with reality.
Let’s face it — as leaders, we have countless decisions to make every day in order to keep life moving at a 21st century clip. After all, we have access to anything we want to know at the touch of a screen. So why would we be inclined to ponder when the clock is ticking and people are waiting? Pondering is counterintuitive to our culture.
But what if we’re missing something essential to a greater quality of life? Could it be that pondering is a fundamental part of experiencing what is truly remarkable?
- You will become more creative. People who ponder are deeper thinkers. They see things through a multi-faceted lens, drawing ideas from a deeper well, and then waiting for creativity to strike. Not just in art… but also in problem solving.
- You will become more interesting. People who ponder have a greater sense of WHY. Their life is rooted in a deeper understanding of why they do what they do. Decisions are made with great conviction. They defy the predictable.
- You will become more aware. People who ponder notice things that other people wouldn’t. They recognize the remarkable in what others would consider ordinary. They find a deeper meaning beyond the obvious. They will notice details that movers and shakers would likely miss.
- You will become more imaginative. People who ponder have a vision for something more, something greater than what is right in front of them. They ask better questions and stimulate intriguing conversation.
- You will become more sensitive. People who ponder develop a heightened sensitivity to God and others. In pondering, one learns to listen to the promptings of God and the deeper feelings of others, putting language to what would easily remain elusive.
- You will become more grounded. People who ponder find a deeper understanding of their identity and purpose. Their inner confidence helps them with knowing what to “yes” to and conversely, when to say “no.”
Maybe you’re a young leader just discovering your influential voice, or a wise sage who’s experienced it all. Either way, enrich your life and influence by learning to slow down, breath deep, and ponder. Consider what God has put in front of you today with a greater curiosity, opportunity, and sense of responsibility.
Pursue the beauty of a good ponder and watch the world around you become a more invigorating playground for your enjoyment and God’s glory.