I serve as a pastor of Real Life Christian Church. Real Life is a serving and growing place. Everyone serves and everyone grows. That’s how it works.
Fortunately, I get a front row seat to witness the lives that are being changed and impacted through this ministry. On one particular weekend after services, our team met to pray and to celebrate the changed lives. I complimented one of the team leaders about the excellence and intentionality of his leadership. His response was more than a “thank-you-for-the-compliment.” His response to the team and me summed up his reasoning behind his leadership.
I thought that, regardless of your profession, you might appreciate and be motivated by his reason for living and leading well. Here is what he said:
“One of the reasons that I am so detail oriented when it comes to the presentation and operations of Real Life UCF/Oviedo is because we only have 90 minutes to let God do what he does best. My objective is to eliminate as many distractions and hindrances as possible in order to let God have full access to a person’s heart.
I am blessed to work with such an awesome crew that is willing to do whatever it takes to make the Sunday morning experience the most inviting and least distracting environment for our visitors and newer members.”
Three take-a-ways to apply immediately to your life and work are:
Eliminate distractions from your environment. Anything that interrupts or disrupts the flow of your life unnecessarily might be considered a distraction. Also, consider others so that you do not become an unwanted distraction in their life. It is easy to underestimate the power of changing your environment.
Eliminate hindrances from your life. Anything that obstructs or sabotages what you do can likely be dealt with if a little forethought is given to your day. Identify those things that were hindrances yesterday or last week. Write down three possible options you have to remove, or at the very least, minimize the impact of the obstacle?
Surround yourself with an awesome crew. Pay close attention to the people to whom you choose to entrust yourself.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.” Ephesians 5:15-16