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?  

October 13, 2010

Thoughts on Chilean Miners

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:20 am by billgepford

I’d stopped updating this due to seminary eating my soul (and my schedule), but I couldn’t resist this – I was watching the twitter feed updates on the Chilean Miner Rescue operation, and I was struck by the images of the rescuers descending the shaft from the top so that they could lead the miners out.  Manuel Gonzalez and Roberto Rios were willing to leave the safety of the open air, cram themselves into a cage, and travel down a shaft to people that are trapped in the darkness.  They risked the unknown to reach those who had little hope.  It might have been safer to send down the cage unoccupied and let the miners test it out, but the rescuers braved the danger and brought hope and light to a trapped people.

Yup.  That’ll preach.