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Rick and Kay Warren: How to Lead Your Church in Times of ‘Chronic Chaos’

“Stay connected to your community. You refill your cup by connecting with the people you love.”

“The issue that has brought me the most grief in the last year-and-a-half as I have watched the politicization of the church [is that] I’ve watched where political zeal has replaced spiritual passion in the lives of many Christians. That’s tragic.”

“Does anybody even know what the politics were 100 years ago? No, it’s not going to last. Focus on what’s going to last.”

“I’ll just say, personally, I’ve learned nothing from success in my life. Everything I’ve learned in life, I’ve learned through pain. And so that pain involves grief. I am the man that I am today because of what we’ve learned about grief, not what we’ve learned about fame or what we’ve learned about success.”

Kay Warren

“It’s not just about our soul, but our bodies. Every part of us needs care, especially during these really, really rough times.”

“Rick and I have a strong marriage and he takes care of me and I take care of him. But ultimately, what I weigh, how much I sleep, what I eat, how much movement and exercise, how surrendered I am to God, how emotionally healthy I am—those are not up to anybody but me.”

“We’re pretty good at glossing over reality, but we have to talk and look at reality and experience what will come next, which is grief. If you really engage in reality, you’re going to run smack dab into grief, the kind of grief that feels like it can take you to the floor. So that’s where we’re tempted to to stuff our feelings instead of share them, because most of us are very uncomfortable with grief.”

“Seek advice before you make major decisions…just know that everybody is having a little bit of a hard time making their best decisions. So check in with others first.”

“What we’re learning is that you’re actually more productive if you take several five minute breaks during your day, rather than something that is all at one time…Just know that if you’re going to be sitting and doing something for a while, it’s so much better to get up.”

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