Paying Attention…

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“Teach us to number our days,

That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12

Short thought this time…


A few weeks ago I was leading two Facilitator Retreats; one in Olympia, Washington and two days later in Warwick, New York. I found myself emphasizing to both groups of pastors and lay-leaders the importance of caring for themselves,


“Taking care of yourself is not selfish. In fact, as a person who is leading others, it is one of the least selfish things you can do because you cannot care for others well if you have not taken proper care of yourself. Not for very long, at least.”



It didn’t hit me the first time I said it. It took me hearing myself say it to others a second time before I stopped myself and I took notice. Then, when I got home from that week of two Facilitator Retreats, my pastor preached on Psalm 90:12.  Two days later, during our VP3 Team Meeting, Pam’s focusing thought revolved around Psalm 90:12…


I think God is reminding me to pay attention to something. I guess I better take my own advice and clear some space so I can better perceive what He is saying!


Perhaps you do too…

About The Author

Brent Eliason

For 15 years, I was a high school biology teacher. However, in the summer of 2010, while the camp pastor of a youth camp, God revealed the next chapter of life for me and my family. While working with VantagePoint3 (in the area of Marketing, Promotion, & Recruitment), I am also working toward my Masters of Divinity at Sioux Falls Seminary. I have an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Sioux Falls, and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Augustana College. I am blessed to be a husband to an incredible wife, and father of 3 amazing kiddos (Isaac, Grace, and Mattie). I love being outdoors…the mountains are my “happy place.” (I know, Sioux Falls…mountains? What?)
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