September 13, 2012

Seasons

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:28 am by billgepford

Its been a while since I’ve blogged – and a lot has changed.  Suffice to say that Seminary and a full time job as a youth pastor can keep you busy.  

But thats not what this post is about.  

I’ve been thinking about work and life and balance a lot lately.  Someday I’d like to do a series on the great mentors I’ve had – partly as a thank you, and partly just because having mentors is so dang important.  

But for now, I want to talk about pacing.  At the most recent Willow Creek leadership conference, Bill Hybels talked about writing down 6 goals to accomplish over the next few months – things that are on top of the typical meetings and reports and everything else, but 6 things that you can finish.  6 things that you can measure the next few months by.  

6 things gives you a goal.  If you dont have a goal, then work just goes on until we die/retire…and thats hard to get excited about.  

Sports figured this out a long time ago.  You play a finite number of games in a season, have some ending tournament, and then its over, and you rest until the next year.  That means that every day matters.  That means that every day is exciting.  

I doubt anyone would go to a football game if the season never ended – if teams just merely kept accumulating wins and losses and it went on forever.  However, because it ends, then each time matters.  

 

So what if we adopted this in work?  What if we set finite goals and defined a season?  

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