“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where –” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“– so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
— Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Continue Reading
We’ve all heard the expression, “We overestimate what we can do in one year and significantly underestimate what can be accomplished in three years.” We tend to be overly ambitious for what can happen in a year. We raise expectations– our own and those of others– and then fall short because we didn’t take the time to build the foundation sufficiently. Continue Reading
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves why we went into ministry in the first place. Odds are, it was not for the money. It was to make disciples and to raise up leaders. More than that, it was to make disciples who would go on to make more disciples who would go on to make more disciples. It was to raise up leaders who would raise up more leaders who would then go on to raise up yet more leaders. That’s the vision of second Timothy 2:2: Continue Reading
“It seems to me that the perfection of means and confusion of goals seem to characterize our age.” — Albert Einstein
That’s food for thought, isn’t it? Reflect on this quote today. What light can it shed on your ministry?
In order to grow and keep moving forward, we need to know where we’re headed. Nice-sounding but vague goals may seem helpful, but actually serve to hold us back. For instance, we want disciples but haven’t clarified what a disciple looks like. Or we want to develop leaders, but aren’t clear on what what we want these leaders to do.
Try the following exercise to help you sharpen your vision:
Sit down with some paper or a computer and ask yourself two questions: Where are you now? Where do you want to be in 3 to 5 yrs? Being as detailed as possible, paint a picture in your mind contrasting your present situation with your preferred future. How will the future be different than the present? Continue Reading