Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lesson learned in 2011

Yesterday my good friend Pastor Lisa Alexander posted her lessons learned in 2011. I get a lot of great ideas from her, and this was one so here goes.

I learned a plethora of lessons in the past year but I'm only going to share one today.

Don't make a spiritual excuse for what's not working.

I get so sick of excuses in other people but I was making this one myself!!  So often we say, "if just one person was touched, it was worth it." We say that whenever something's bringing a low amount of fruit in but we don't know what else to do.  While the, "if just one person is changed/touched/grows" theory is true in some cases, in other situations it's just an excuse to put off the necessary. What is necessary? Often it's making a wise change.

In the business world nobody would keep doing the same thing over and over again year after year without some serious return on investment. So why do we do it in Christianity or the church?

Because people tell you constantly that you may "never see results this side of heaven."
Sometimes we keep on because we don't know what else to do.
We think it's important to just stay busy and do something versus doing nothing.
Making a change is painful for some - it will always affect least one or two people.
We are afraid we will upset people.
We are creatures of habit.
We don't like change.

Many times we are poor stewards of time, or of the gifts God has given us. We believe if we're just doing something good versus bad, we're okay. God has more available than just good/bad. There's wise in the mix there somewhere. We all have something to plant, but we have to put it in good soil. 

This has been a big lesson for me in 2011. It's important to hear the voice of the Lord and then act. With His leading and my husband's full agreement and blessing I'm making some changes.

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