"The Way we've always done it"

curvesSo let’s say you’ve picked your major.  You have a direction.  You know what your mission as an organization (or person) is.  There’s still lot’s of things that can get you off course.  Surprisingly, one of them is doing the same things over and over without considering if they are still moving you in the right direction.

It’s tempting to do things “the way we’ve always done it”.   It feels safe.  It doesn’t make waves.  It also can lead to failure.   Just ask the auto companies.  Or AOL. Yesterdays successful strategy may well turn out to be a failure tomorrow. 

So I know it sounds a bit confusing.  You have to pick a direction.  You can’t keep changing destinations and ever expect to get there.  (Try that on a family road trip…enjoy the results.)  However, you have to make changes in order to deal with  changing conditions.  You can’t just do things “the way we’ve always done it” and expect to reach your goal. Sometimes you actually have to “zig” or “zag” to stay on course.

How can you know which changes are necessary…and which changes should be avoided because they pull you off course from your destination?  How can you decide between a dangerous detour and a necessary “course correction”?  

First of all…  Pray.  Seriously.  Ask for wisdom.  Then VERY carefully consider if the potential change will take you closer or further away from your mission…your destination…your major.

Tomorrow I’ll post some of the changes we are making as a church in order to keep moving toward our goal of telling putting the teachings of Jesus into action.

What changes are you considering?  Are they necessary “course corrections”?  Could they be major “detours” that would distract you from your destination?

5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.  James 1:5

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