Aaron Summers

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The More You Know

In Leadership on July 10, 2017 at 8:24 am

The “More You Know” series of PSA’s were produced for NBC beginning in 1989.  Tom Brokaw did the first one.  Celebrities soon followed.  I grew up with Schoolhouse Rocks on ABC in between my cartoons on Saturday mornings.  The purpose was to educate while also grabbing your attention.  The series on NBC was designed around educational awareness.

The truth is that the more you know, the more responsibility you have.

“I told him that I am gong to judge his family forever because of the iniquity he knows about: his sons are cursing God, and he has not stopped them.” 1 Samuel 3:13 

Eli is the prophet in charge at this time.  He knows his sons are doing wrong.  God certainly knows as well.  The problem is that Eli is doing nothing about the situation.  He has grown older and his sons are doing most of the work at this time.  However, that does remove the responsibility that Eli has.  He is supposed to rein them in and enforce the boundaries God established.  He is not doing this and God is going to render judgment on him and his family.

Knowledge is power.  At least, that is what I learned from Schoolhouse Rock! on Saturday mornings.  However, with that power comes great responsibility.

Whether you are in charge of a project, a people, or just one person, here are a few reminders:

  1.  You likely have an awareness of issues.  As I manage the group I do, there are many things I am aware of that others are not.  So do you.  From your perch, you can see the inner workings of people and the group dynamics of your organization.  Eli knew what his sons were doing.  Either because EVERYONE told him or he saw it himself.  Regardless, he knew.  He was aware.
  2. Your awareness is a call to action.  Years ago, a couple was struggling in their relationship.  I asked the husband to step out of his volunteer role for a brief time so they could focus on their marriage.  In the moment, he was very frustrated with me.  Later, he understood.  Eli chose not to do anything.  God judged him for it.  If you know, then act.
  3. Your action will cause a reaction.  Over the years, I have noticed that Newton’s law operates within the scope of human personality too.  Jim was in a position for which he was not qualified.  I asked him to step down until such a time as he was better suited for the task at hand.  He did, but others just could not understand.  The Bible is clear, but our minds are not.

For those in leadership, we must hold fast to what we have in Scripture.  We use our education and experience to navigate, but our north star must be the scriptures.

Your guidance, O Lord, is true and straight.  May we not look to the left or right but keep our eyes on Jesus, our minds on scripture, and hearts filled with love.  Amen.

If NBC wrote mottos for the Church…

In Church on October 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I admit I like this show.  I liked season one better than the others because it had more football and less angst and drama.  Yet, my wife and I watched it all the way to its inglorious end!  I especially like the motto that Coach Taylor used throughout the series: Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose!

Taking from that strain of thought, I wondered what would a motto for church would sound like.  I have been reading through Acts lately and something in chapter 2 really hit me.  The disciples had been told to wait for the Holy Spirit who would bring power into their lives.  Jesus had returned to the Father. He had promised a replacement; a comforter.  This would be the Holy Spirit as He called Him.  He promised them power, ability, and courage if they would be patient and wait.  Huddled in a room they prayed for days.  On the day of Pentecost, which is a big deal in Jewish life, they were all gathered together in one place.  That first verse in chapter 2 can be overlooked because we want to get to the big stuff, but they were all together in one place when God made the big move.

Coach Taylor brought up the motto all the time.  He wanted them to realize that if they were going to win then they needed clear eyes and full hearts.  If you have watched the show, you know the alcohol involved. the indulgence of kids brought several difficulties in their lives.  I think clear eyes have to do with focus also.  The team as a whole needed to be focused on the job at hand and not wandering around with other agendas.  The players also needed full hearts which is a reference, I believe, to relationships.  The players that were emotionally healthy were positive, productive, people.

Is there a chant for the church today?  Is there some great motivating concept? If we want to experience a mighty move of God we have to be in position for it.  We must make ourselves available for it to happen in our lives and churches.  What is this concept?

I know it’s longer and maybe not as catchy but this is important for us.  I may not have NBC backing this motto and plastering it everywhere, but we must consider it.

One Heart speaks to our emotions.  Do I love the people in my church?  Do I know them?  Do I know their names, families, or birthday?  Do I know their pains and joys?  Churches with one heart do.  Those churches are places people want to be.  Don’t believe the hype that everyone wants to be anonymous.  People are grasping for relationships any way they can acquire.  The church is to be that place of safe, stable, supportive relationships.

One Mind speaks to our vision and focus.  What does your church believe?  Does everyone believe the same doctrines?  Do they agree on the primary items of theology?  How is your church attempting to achieve the Great Commission? Do you have a purpose or vision that resonates with the church and impacts the culture?  Church is not a building.  Church is people bonded together by the blood of Jesus to affect a better future for those around them.

One Place speaks to position.  Do the majority of your congregation attend every week?  Or is it, like many, every other week that is the same group?  If they all showed up at the same time it is both amazing and exciting rolled together!  We live such busy lives that we relegate church to an equal position with everything else.  In fact, if the church could acquire good family guilt our attendance might increase!  The point is that if the church ever wants to see God move people need to be present together.

Full Power refers to what happened next.  The disciples were all together in one place making themselves available to God for whatever purpose He chose.  In this position of availability He poured out the Holy Spirit.  If the church today wants to receive the full power of God we must make ourselves available.

One Heart. One Mind. One Place. Full Power.

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