A leader’s “Cushion of the Sea”

Leaders and storms of life

This Christmas seek refuge from the Storms of Life in "The Cushion of the Sea"

Just for fun I am starting this post with some fun and/or warm and fuzzy Christmas Quotes…

‘Top 10’ List of Favorite Christmas Quotes:

Favorite Christmas Quotes #1
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
-Burton Hillis

Favorite Christmas Quotes #2
The only blind person at Christmastime is he who has not Christmas in his heart.
-Helen Keller

Favorite Christmas Quotes #3
Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space.
-Dave Barry

Favorite Christmas Quotes #4
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.
-Dale Evans Rogers

Favorite Christmas Quotes #5
This, the spirit of Christmas, that forever and ever endures. May it leave its richest blessing in the hearts of you and yours.
-Author Unknown

Favorite Christmas Quotes #6
Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.
-Victor Borge

Favorite Christmas Quotes #7
Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.
-Larry Wilde

Favorite Christmas Quotes #8
From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other.
-Emily Matthews

Favorite Christmas Quotes #9
The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.
-WC Jones

Favorite Christmas Quotes #10
Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.


On a more serious note, as leaders we are faced with tremendous “storms”. In addition to our own personal storms, we often are called on to weather the storms of the people under our leadership (our team) and the company itself.  And so often at Christmastime these storms seem to escalate.

I recently learned of a term that submarine commanders use.  It is called the “cushion of the sea”.   The “cushion of the Sea” is when a submarine dives to a certain depth in the ocean and it no longer matters what is happening up top. You could have a tsunami.  You could have a hurricane.  You could have a horrible typhoon, but there’s a certain depth that once you get there, you don’t even feel the storm anymore.  There is this same depth in God that if I would just dive into who he is, and let him be my anchor, that I could get so deep into Him, that when the storm comes, I don’t drift.  I don’t fall away.  I don’t despair.  I don’t get discouraged.  I don’t get all wrecked up, because I’m so deep in who he is, that no matter what storm comes my way, I’m going to make it.

That’s my challenge to you.  Dive into God who as Jesus came to this earth 2000 years ago.  He removes what shouldn’t be on your shoulders… anxiety, disappointment, discouragement, fear, worry, stress, and he exchanges that for His peace, but you have got to make that choice.  I’ve got to make that choice.  As a leader, as a husband, as a father, as a friend I need to dive deep enough into who he is that when a storm comes, I just don’t feel it like other people do, because I’m so deep in Him.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
– The Bible – Isaiah 9:6 (New King James Version)


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on December 23, 2009, in choices, Leadership, Personal Growth, Storms of life and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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