We live in a world of a thousand choices. Like a child in line at the snack shop frozen by the myriad of options in front of him, so are many Christians today – who stand wondering, “What is God’s will for my life?” Their life is on pause as they wait to know what they should do with their life. It doesn’t have to be this way.
It doesn’t feel good to be called out. In fact, it can be downright offensive. But for those who have the humility – as well as the courage – to examine their hearts, it can be transformative. I know. It has been for me.
Most followers of Jesus are fully aware that our call is to make disciples. After all, this was Jesus’ final instruction he gave to his followers. Although we know this, and agree this would be a good thing to do, most don’t do it. I think the problem is that they don’t know how, or don’t feel qualified.
His comment about me was flattering. Once he said it, I sat back and let my mind wander as to what it would be like if it were the case. The problem was, it simply wasn’t true, and unfortunately I was going to have to tell him.
I used to consider myself a strong leader. At least, that’s the compliment some others had given me. After last week, though, that perception of myself has changed; and so has my goal of being an effective leader.
Being a leader in a ministry is tough. For me, it’s not that the hours are longer, the work is harder, or the pay is less. Those things are common with many jobs. Leading a ministry is tough because I believe it is hard to measure success.
Churches, businesses, and other various non-profits are full of young staff and volunteers. The organizations that are making a huge impact are the ones that know how to inspire those staff and volunteers to help move the mission forward. However, there are many organizations where young leaders go to die. Don’t be one of those.
Good is the enemy of great,” according to Jim Collins in the well-known opening line of Good to Great. Collins’s best-selling book has been a favorite guide for business leaders and has been equally influential for many leaders outside of business, including those in the church.
Do you ever find yourself quoting Bible verses to someone, only to stop and think if you really believe what you are quoting? In those moments, we are faced with the question of whether or not we believe what we know.