Every now and then it’s important to take stock, to properly process lessons as they come and to celebrate all God does. So I’m writing this mainly for myself. Hopefully you may find some of this useful and/or thought provoking too.
We recently made the decision to re-decorate our dining room. It looked acceptable but just needed a few improvements.
To be honest, I would’ve been happy to simply paint over what was there. Get it out the way quickly so that we can return to normal as soon as possible. Others, however, were more diligent and felt we needed to do a thorough job. The others prevailed.
I’ve never made a cake, but this is what I think you’d need:
A good kitchen with a decent table. An oven. The ingredients. Time and no distractions. A mixing bowl and the various bits of pans and stuff to make it. (I’ve really never made one).
If you were, for example, in a warehouse, with the oven on one side of the warehouse, the table on the other side, half the ingredients missing, no mixing bowl, forklifts driving by you, and only three minutes to make it in, then the forklift drives over the pan and squashes it, you would, I think, find it very difficult to make a cake.
If we’re into the gifts of the Holy Spirit, why not also the ministries?
What does it mean to ‘own the vision’?
Does it mean we do what’s always been done or from time to time does God want to bring something new to us? And does that mean the original vision was wrong or that God is fickle and has changed His mind? Do difficulties mean that God’s stopped blessing us or can they be opportunities to grab our attention and communicate the new direction or vision?
When the church is struggling, the temptation for the leaders is to point the finger. It can be easy for leaders to exhort the congregation, point out their faults, and bemoan their stubbornness and their reservations.
Instead, those of us in leadership must take the blame.