These are uncertain times. Unsafe times, even. You know what, though? That’s always been true. The simple fact is that at any given time we don’t know how many years, days, hours and minutes we have to do the work given to us in this world.
Our job doesn’t change – we are called and commanded to speak the Good News to a people desperate to receive it [whether they realize it or not]. Even though our message doesn’t change, our strategies and techniques must, as the world around us is in constant flux. To be effective, two things much happen:
1. We must be continual learners;
2. We must be willing to risk.
These are two sides of the same coin – input and output. The input helps build wisdom, insight and even endurance. It’s the output that brings purpose, though. The benefits of the input are not ours to hoard. We will take hits in the days ahead, probably more than many of us have experienced in our lives up to this point. But that’s OK. Remember, pastors and church workers – it’s not about us…
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” – Gail Sheehy