To possess a non-anxious presence does not mean to be carefree, laid-back, detached, or disengaged. It means to live with an absence of anxiety.

As a powerful squall threatens to swamp their boat, the disciples are a mess. Anxious, fearful, and panicked.

And, Jesus…is…asleep. [Mark 4:38]

Jesus modeled a non-anxious presence perfectly. After benefiting from the miracle of the loaves and fish the crowd wants Jesus to seize political control, overthrow the Romans, and declare himself their King.

His response was simply to walk away. Scripture says he withdrew to a solitary place, alone. [Mark 6:46]

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at

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