The last post was “4 Things I Hope I Never Say”, this post is 4 Things I Hope I Never Do. They are obviously very closely linked.
I hope I never…
…fight for the status quo
Seth Godin deals with this throughout his book “Linchpin.” (Read my review here.) When someone begins to settle for the status quo they are quickly on their way to defending and fighting for the status quo. Status quo would have us still using a horse and buggy with outhouses and no electricity, much less all the other wonderful technological advances we enjoy.
In the church, status quo seems to almost equal theology in what some are willing to fight for. The interesting thing is so very often the status quo today was edgy and radical at some point in the past.
We might think we are agents of change and on the cutting edge today, but if we don’t stay teachable and constantly striving for improvement, a time will come when what we think is the way will actually be what is old fashioned.
…put events or projects ahead of people.
It is very easy to get caught up in the stress of getting things done and accomplishing a task and forget that the reason we do these things is for people. All leaders, but especially those in the church, need to be focused on the people around them. No event is more valuable than the individual person that is a part of the team.
Even in pro sports we see this played out to an extent when there is an injury. Everything stops and whatever time is needed to attend to the person is taken. If the game were more important that person would be drug out of the way with no concern and play wouldn’t even pause.
As soon as the event, program, project, or whatever becomes more important than people, all effectiveness has ended.
The thing is, if we build people up and add value to them while doing the event or project, the end result will be excellent. People must be the priority.
…stop saying “Thank you”
There is no substitute for genuine gratitude. It breaks down walls, it builds up people, it opens doors, and it increases credibility among other things. A lack of gratitude is sure sign of a heart that is growing cold and bitter from self-centeredness. I hope I am always grateful and never forget to say, “Thank you.”
…lose my passion for God
Pastor Artie Davis from Cornerstone Community Church wrote this on his blog recently, “Vision can come and go. But those who come, stay, & are fulfilled are done so, by a leader that understands the vision from God was just the beginning, his fire FOR GOD is what fueled it for completion!”
No matter how foolish I look or what else I miss, I want to search after God with everything that is in me. Passion for something is often what gets us over the hurdles and through the storms. Passion causes us to give it all. Passion is a fire that burns within and causes us to act. Passion is more than motivation, it is a deep urge, a “got to”, a compulsion to be and do. Passion for God puts us in the best position to experience the fullness of His grand design.
What would you add to this list?