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Christian Living

Ebenezer

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This is it.

Today is the day.

I don’t have time for could, woulda, or shoulda. I only have time for results.

I know the stats. I know the strategies. I know what it takes to get it done… it’s time to get it done.

[Insert whatever analogy you need to fire yourself up]

I’m a youth worker. It’s in my blood. It is who I’m called to be and it is who I am. And all youth workers are hard-wired to plan stuff out in August. August is our January. We plan vacations, mission trips, concerts, retreats, camps, and everything else. If it is going to happen in 2010-2011… now is when we lay it out.

In August, we lay out our dreams for the school year in August.

August is our ebenezer.

So that is what I’m doing this August. I’m laying down my dreams. I’m laying down my hopes. And I’m putting aside my excuses.

I’m tired of waiting for next year.

I don’t have time to build another year.

I am getting too old to sit around and wait for something good to happen. Or the right kid to show up. Or the wrong kid to “get it.

I don’t want to just hang out with kids anymore without a purpose. We’ve played enough video games, eaten enough pizza, and I’ve been to enough high school games.

This. is. it.

This year.

This day.

This moment.

Now is the only time that matters.

I’ve got no patience for coulda, woulda, or shoulda.

This is my ebenezer.

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Church Leadership

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, But

I’m always amazed how little leading most leaders actually do.

If a leader takes someone where they would otherwise not go on their own— the fact is that most people we label as leaders are just people who talk about leading. On a good day they are administrators. On an average day, they are do-nothings with leadership titles. On a bad day, they are busy saying they are leading while they aren’t actually leading.

Nobody cares how you intend to lead.

When you are a leader you are measured by your results, not your intentions.

Go through your own list of your favorite leaders. They all have great actions tied to their words we quote.

Leaders have a responsibility to lead. They need to say the words that move people. They need to prepare people to go somewhere or do something they are afraid of.

Then they need to take their people there.

Call yourself a leader?

No more excuses. No more coulda done this. Or second-guessing woulda done that. We’ve all failed, but dwelling on the shoulda just makes you sound like a loser.

No more talk. Time for action.