“If we’re not changing lives, we might as well be selling widgets.” – Jeff Smith – The Word Among Us
It seems like every single episode of the podcast, someone says something that brings everything home. Each week, someone says something that brings everything to a finely sharpened point. This week on the podcast, this was definitely that moment. We are constantly trying to find ways to do our best work. It can be easy to get so focused on the work that you forget the why. Losing track of the why is a real concern. It happens. Your vision can become blurry and in the world of parish renewal, we need 20/20 vision or better.
So how do you maintain that vision weekend after weekend and year after year?
Repeat After Me
No. Seriously. Repeat after me. If you can’t restate your vision on week 2, week 12, week 52, and so on then you have a real problem. You can solve this problem by speaking into your vision at mass, in parish meetings, through parish communications, and so on. By referencing and reiterating our vision early and often you can ensure that you know the why that must exist behind the what.
Celebrate Good Times
The work is never done. At Divine Renovation our mission is to help 35,000 parishes bring 2,000,000 missionary disciples to Jesus each and every year. There’s no end in sight. While we can achieve our goal in a given year, the work of our ministry will never be complete. However, this doesn’t mean that we haven’t succeeded.
“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” – Luke 15:7
While the work is never done, when you’ve helped bring a single person into a personal relationship with Jesus, celebrate. Then, get back to work.
We should constantly be assessing, reflecting, and revising our work.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” – Mahatma Ghandi.
Not only should we be voracious learners, we should be learning from every teacher available to us. In addition to scripture and reflections, be willing to listen to sources inside and outside your sphere. Leaders in psychology, business, wellness, sociology, and more have much to teach us and if we say we’re going to use every tool at our disposal to bring people to Jesus, we need to be willing to back up that statement with our actions.
For us, The Word Among Us has been an integral part of our learning and faith formation. It is an exceptional publication in helping to reveal God’s will to us. It’s available on virtually any platform that you like to read on, including a physical magazine and we encourage you to make it a part of your faith practice.