To do, or not to do? What is it we want to be or do? If you want to be like Mike you learn how to play basketball. You live and breath basketball. You play it. You practice it. You hang around others who have a similar passion for the game. All of that is important. What is just as important is learning how not to play the game. It’s true that if you spent all of your time focusing on what not to do you wouldn’t learn what to do. My point is that you can’t ignore the lessons of what not to do.
I have been a full-time and volunteer youth pastor in the past. I have never sat in “the big chair” of being THE pastor of a church. I have learned a lot about what to do and how to be a pastor. I also have much more to learn. I have recently learned some lessons on what not to be and to do and fortunately I didn’t have to learn it for myself. I had the chance to observe it in someone else.
I don’t want to go into to many details. Suffice it to say that if you want to see growth in a church or ministry, you need to have your focus in the right place, not in the wrong place. We can focus on the wrong thing and hope to have a particular result, but we won’t get it. We need to focus on the main thing, deliberately, in order to see the results you seek.
I know this whole entry might sound cryptic or ambiguous, but I hope you see my point. Make the main thing the main thing. Focus on what is important, not on what you want. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”