Intensity, Urgency, and Energy!
This is the last post on why we stay focused on only four things as a church and the importance of being a focused organization. Here are three benefits of staying focused and the not so beneficial alternatives:
- Staying focused brings intensity while lack of focus brings impotence. By focusing our effort in a smaller area we become exponentially more effective. This is the difference in a laser and a flood light. When light is focused it can become incredibly powerful even to the point of being used to cut through metal. As we focus our effort in a smaller area we have the ability to have greater intensity and effectiveness. On the contrary, if we spread ourselves too thin, like the flood light, we lose intensity and effectiveness. We need to stay focused so that we are able to pierce our community and world in the deepest, most effective way possible.
- Staying focused brings urgency while lack of focus brings panic. Because the nature of what we deal with as a church is eternal and every soul is going to spend eternity somewhere, there should be an urgency to what we do! Urgency, however, should not be replaced by panic. Often times we have so much to do that we gloss over the really important things to make sure we at least cover everything! We must identify what is really important…what God has specifically called us to do…and do it! If we are urgent about the important things we will be must more effective and efficient as we serve God’s Kingdom!
- Staying focused brings energy while lack of focus brings fatigue! I believe this is why so many people who go into full-time ministry don’t make it! (The latest study showed 90% who start don’t finish!) The Church tries to do so many things that it puts undue stress on the few who typically serve the church and the church’s staff. It’s not an excuse for ministry being hard work! We should work hard at what we do! It’s eternal remember! But we should work hard at what we are called to do. God does not guide where He doesn’t provide and that includes enough time and energy to do the things He places before us! Focus allows us to accomplish those things!
I can’t wait to see you all this Sunday! I’m really looking forward to continuing the Marital Arts Series!