The measure of success…

The measure of success…

I just love the awkwardness of conversation.  You know it when you encounter it.  The proverbial “How’s the weather” conversation; the superficial stuff.  We do this when we don’t know someone, don’t know what to talk about or what questions we should really ask.

These kind of conversations are interesting among christians, especially leaders.  This is why pastors, church planters, leaders and those observing them ask superficial questions about success.  How many people do you have coming?  How many groups do you have? 

People want measurable and decisive answers.  I’m always tempted to give such answers, but the truth is these days such answers are not impressive if that is how we perceive success.

Let me leave you with two thoughts:

1. It is much easier to describe to you what I’m doing rather than tell you what I’m becoming.

2. Faith will always lead you down paths where you can’t use your eyes.

Unfortunately these two thing are not impressive to those looking to measure success by superficial things.

By | 2010-09-21T22:12:35+00:00 September 27th, 2009|Church, Church Planting, Leadership, Mission, TLM Blog|1 Comment

About the Author:

John is a sought after speaker and founder of Transforming Life Ministries. He’s also a writer, teacher and equipper bringing an honest and practical voice to today’s and tomorrow’s church. He has a passion for people and helping them encounter the transforming life of Jesus. John and his wife Amy, presently reside in Wilmington, North Carolina with their three children, who he thanks for their four cats and a rabbit. They also have a foreign exchange daughter Jenny, from Germany. Transforming Life Ministries is presently working to build a Camp and Retreat Center, called The Fountain in Fountain, NC.

One Comment

  1. Doug October 8, 2009 at 10:28 am - Reply

    John, good thoughts about success. I spent many years measuring up to mans’ standard and acheiving, exceeding and pursuing higher levels of accomplishment. The deceiving thing is, that for all your success, according to mans’ standard, it is never, never, never enough! Yet, in Christ Jesus, the way, the truth and the life, God’s standard is fulfilled and we all have access to the love of God in Christ. NO deception!!! Now, I only seek to be pleasing to God and that lifts a great burden from me. I seek to do all things to His glory and not mans’! grace and peace.

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