“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6:46-49
For the last 15+ months, I’ve been doing FOUNDATION work. Which involved gently & methodically removing debris from previous culture, while at the same time moving forward (as best I could) with a new vision, all-the-while STILL pouring foundation. We’ve had some cracks occur, which required going back and, AGAIN, tearing things up & settling things down. MUCH SLOWER process than I could have ever dreamed. Frustrating. But, with some rewards…
“Vision bypasses circumstances. Your current circumstances do not determine where you end up. They only define where you start.” Jim Tressel
I want to LOVE & LEAD my family, ministry and circle of influence to NEW levels of Joy & Impact! Our lives should THRIVE! And, I am committed to seeing it become healthy and holy. Specifically, at //Spyn Student Outreach, we have shifted from an inward focused group to an community focused outreach. We are making methodical steps to ensure that we make disciples who make disciples who make disciples. We are bringing greater training and accountability to leadership BOTH adult and students. We are also striving to be more visible and active in MHC which we pray will be a catalyst to bringing more passion, energy and life to the whole church. I also see our young adult ministry blowing up to impact our community and college campuses!
“Is God’s comfort too little for you? Is his gentle word not enough? What has taken away your reason? What has weakened your vision” Job 15:11-12
We want people to see, crave & grasp our vision clearly, creatively, & continually.
So, whenever I’m attempting to cast vision with those in my life, I try to use the following checklist:
- Clarity: brings understanding to the vision (answers what the people must know and what you want them to do)
- Connectedness: brings the past, present, and future together
- Purpose: bring direction to the vision
- Goals: bring targets to the vision
- Honesty: brings integrity to the vision and credibility to the vision-caster
- Stories: bring relationships to the vision
- Challenge: brings stretching to the vision
- Passion: brings fuel to the vision
- Modeling: brings accountability to the vision
- Strategy: brings process to the vision
(From The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, by John Maxwell)
Vision is a process. A frustration. A mission. Imperfect. Necessary. LIFE.
And, this is the quest I’m on right now…