I considered last night, just how often I've heard these words.
"Are you sure?"
A situations or circumstance happens, sometimes minor in nature; other times... well, major. Time intensive to repair. Costly to fix. Frustrating to diagnose. You start trying to figure out what has gone wrong in hopes of being able to plan a solution. Then, in discussing the matter with one who knows more (remember, there is always someone in the room, smarter than yourself), there comes a point in the conversation where you are presented with the opportunity to admit the truth.
Maybe, I'm wrong about this.
Turns out I was. Even better, it went from what I thought was major to pretty minor. Big bark, but the bite was more like a nibble.
How much more, in our attempts and plans to be effective and efficient as a church, the same transpires. In going through the process and having conversations, the question is asked. Hopefully it goes from being a major deal, to perhaps only needing to be tweaked, but that's not to say minor changes won't be enough and the organization could be in for some major work.
Whatever it looks like, asking the question always results in taking a deeper, closer look that forces the mind to consider other options that present entirely different solutions. No, it's not always an enjoyable process when it happens, but watching it unfold as one reflects, is incredible.
Pray, this #effectiveSunday, for pastors and leaders struggling to figure out the problems and challenges they face. Pray insight and wisdom, questions and revelation as conversations take place. Pray for the miraculous to occur, as solutions come together, whether they be quick and easy or expensive and laborious. Pray for strength and fortitude as they continue to seek the face of God and put their faith to action as the work to fulfill the calling and purpose God has placed upon them; to accomplish great exploits for the kingdom of God.
Confidently moving forward
By the grace of Christ
By the power of the Holy Spirit
For the glory of God.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.