Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Why be Great? (2)
Regarding THIS post. Let me back up...I think that maybe terms need to be redefined. Forget "bringing business ideas into the church." Forget greatness as an end goal. I see how someone could see what I wrote and think of "greatness" as arrogant an self-serving. But I really don't mean this. "Greatness," in my opinion is not something you achieve...it's something people bestow upon you...and in the case of Christianity it's something that God decides about you ("well done, good and faithful servant"). I think that many business ideas are good, but we have to remember that in a business profits and stock price are the bottom line (obviously not compatible with kingdom values). So therefore, let me restate my the ideas from my previous post in a different way. What I'm really talking about is excellence -- doing everything the absolute best I know how. And so when that comes to church, I work to create the best sermons I know how, I try to serve people as best as I know how, I try to manage the people that work for me the best I know how, I try to counsel people as best as I know how. It's not because I want to be great, or that I'm trying to maximize profits -- it's that anything less is dishonoring to God. I know I'm not saying this very well...but I was thinking about the alternative -- that is to say, what if I didn't strive for excellence/greatness? Do I not spell check programs Do I treat staff badly? Do I counsel people out of my ignorance? Of course this is a little bit of a "straw man" argument...but I guess I just don't know what it means not to strive for excellence.
Posted by charlesdean2 at 9:59 PM