A thought occurred to me yesterday afternoon, as our family worked on putting up the Christmas tree... and kids attempting to help.
Participation awards don't mean that you are an effective contributor to the event.
It is simply somewhere along the medium between showing up and another mark in the loss column. It certainly doesn't not guarantee, nor help ensure a point towards a win; let alone a mention in the record books.
This is the difference that sets teams, organizations, families, communities and churches apart.
The difference between a people who are more than conquerors and less than winners.
Everyone is on the same page moving with the same purpose.
They are there to the end.
They are there for the win.
They offer everything in support of the goal.
They work with the end in mind, while understanding the importance of offering their best for that specific moment, because they know that anything less, takes away from the process rather than enhances it.
Sadly, the lack of this mindset has cost the church greatly over the years.
And the church knows it.
Their community knows it.
Society knows it.
It's time we change it.
Pray, this #effectiveSunday, God would help the church; that our eyes would be open to where we are lax; where we are missing opportunities and where resources and people are not appropriately placed and positions for success. May God grant wisdom to church leaders and coordinators, to be wise stewards of who and what are under their purview, to discern what is available and what is required for the church to be more effective and efficient in communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ.
While the methods may change,
May the message remain.
God is Love.
Man forever changed.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.