“Change? Again? I like things the way they are and don’t want to try something new!”
While this might be the complaint of a child being asked one more time to try broccoli, it’s more likely the complaint of those on your leadership team. Or…dare we say it? It might be you!
Let’s be honest. As leaders, as much as we love what we do, there are days we’re exhausted. We’re juggling all kinds of responsibility. We’ve settled more than our share of conflicts, answered endless questions, finished something that wasn’t our responsibility, and the list goes on. We have a heart for serving, but it’s not always easy and trying something new or making a change just doesn’t seem like a priority.
God doesn’t say ministry is going to be easy. He doesn’t promise a pothole-free, no roadblocks, construction-free path. So what are our options?
- Continue down the road, grumbling with every swerve and bump.
- Sit beside the road and throw a pity party.
- Pull over and switch drivers.
We might try options 1 and 2 for awhile, but if we’re listening to God, we’ll eventually get to the last one. Pull over and switch drivers, letting God steer the car, put on the brakes, or press the accelerator.
We might as well choose it first. God already knows our attitudes, issues, and thoughts. He’s proven himself trustworthy with them, so why do we keep pushing through, neglecting to give him everything—the good, the bad, and the ugly? The short answer is: We’re human, and we’re selfish. But let’s not turn that into an excuse. It helps us understand why we do what we do, but it doesn’t justify it. After all, if our ministries are committed to God, as they should be, we have all the strength, resources, and direction we need. We just have to access it.