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What’s Your Goal?

January 11, 2016

Our human self-sufficiency is never more evident than at the beginning of the calendar year with our New Year’s Resolutions. Goals are great, but so often we set about those goals in a self-reliant, try harder kind of way.

As Christians, many of these goals are linked to spiritual growth, such as wanting to read the Bible more.

If spiritual growth were as simple as trying harder, we would all be light years ahead of where we find ourselves.

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I recently came across some Judah Smith quotes from his book, Jesus Is For You: Stories of God’s Relentless Love, which speak to this topic

The constant battle is to trust Jesus for growth and change even more than our own effort.

“Jesus isn’t standing aloof yelling at us to climb out of our pits and clean ourselves up so we can be worthy of Him. He was wading waist-deep into the muck of life, weeping with the broken. rescuing the lost, and healing the sick.”

You’ve cast the visioninstilled the values, spent hours of  time guiding and training your team. You are ready to soar!

Then……

  • A key player falls sick and enters the hospital.
  • The exciting events of marriages and pregnancies are causes for celebration yet create waves of change in a family or organization.
  • In missions it could be the denial of a visa or the lack of finances.

CHANGE.

Change creates instability and insecurity.

Yet it is inevitable.

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Life changes, people and personnel move on; situations happen.

The need to build a team culture and move people towards a goal never ends, it just changes.

Even within the framework of a family, there are seasons. You might have a rallying cry for a short time only to realize the needs of your family are changing. Adjustment then needs to occur.

Here is the interesting part.

Without a vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18) This verse is often quoted as inspiration to have faith or to dream. But, do people really die without one?

As we explore building a team culture through our series called “United We Move“, the first step in our journey is vision.

Vision is essential to moving a group forward. This is common sense. You cannot move a group somewhere unless you know where you are going. On this journey, there a few common mistakes which we make in the area of vision.

Mistake #1. Too Small

The vision needs to be big enough to inspire people to dream. If there is no difficulty in obtaining the vision, it is too small. A vision bigger than yourself or the others involved is what you are after. There should be risk involved as well as the potential to fail. This is the part that requires faith. If no faith is required, you do not have a vision, you have a project.

Today on NoSuperHeroes, we begin a series on building a team called “United We Move”.  The tools we explore will help leaders in a variety of settings to rally people toward a common goal.

These principles can impact people in the following variety of  settings:
Churches
Leadership Boards
Families
Small Groups
Missions Organizations
Newly Married Couples
Youth Group Fundraisers
Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO)
Church Planters
and more

Let me begin with a story of the journey I am currently apart of.

We moved to South Africa in 2006 and inherited a program which had seen success in the past. Over the last few years, numbers were and influence was waning. The team was in a leadership transition when the director stepped out for health reasons. I stepped into leadership with a team comprising one full-time workers coupled with a part-timer. The atmosphere was one of survival, and it reflected in their prayers.

Happy New Year!

This time of year is often used for setting goals. However, many endeavors fail before the end of the first month! Largely, this is because the goals we set are unobtainable.

As I considered 2012, I was struck by the number 12.

In the Bible, this often is a symbol for the church. You have twelve tribes, twelve apostles, and the book of Revelation is filled with this number. Heaven is described with 12 gates and 12 different jewels. From cover to cover, the Bible speaks of the people of God in terms of 12.

The season we have just left has the 12 days of Christmas. Why twelve? I’m not sure, but it is catchy.

In football, we have the 12th man that represents the influence the noise of the fans can have on a game at a stadium. Seattle has even retired this number in honor of the advantage the crowd gives them in their home games.