I watched Diana Nyad recently tell the story of her historical swim from Cuba to Florida. It was an inspiring story and she shared a few of the reasons that allowed her to accomplish a feat many tried before her, but all met with failure. Here are a few of the “strategies” she mentioned.
Diana praised her “world class” team for protecting her from everything from killer jelly fish to sharks and pushing her further than she ever dreamed. It’s not a secret that bringing the best team with you will push you!
Look for those who can push you the most in what God has for you, not just those who will tell you you’re doing great, when in fact you are about to drown.
My father in law taught me a lot about bees before he died. He raised them and harvested their honey for years. And they never ceased to amaze him for all those years.
Bees are amazing, but they have four main objectives:
They will build a hive,
protect the hive with force,
sustain themselves with honey,
The teams in our churches desperately need to keep these four qualities in the fore front of their minds.
Say what you want about the large bearded man rockin the Wooley Mammoth suit and carrying that big beatin stick, but he knows how to survive!
We can learn something from our caveman cousin about the art of surviving and growing in some difficult situations… Like, church! I see four skills the caveman developed that would be of great value to church leaders…
They ask questions that go far beyond superficial interest. They draw me out with pointed questions that show they genuinely care about me and it never sounds scripted.
They allow me to fully vent or explain without making me feel on I’m on “the clock” with them. They demonstrate their authenticity by giving me their time (Their most valuable asset), without complaint.
I stumbled across this infographic about the habits of the worlds wealthiest people (No, I don’t desire to be one of them). After reading them it struck me, “These are all Biblical principles.” Real success, even by those who don’t follow Jesus, is only realized when Biblical principles are applied, and it matters not if