By Mark Lubbock
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
–– Isaiah 43:19
Moving toward superior results should begin with a thoughtful review of the results of past activities.
Now is a perfect time to evaluate the outcomes your investments in 2021.
If there are only a few quality “fruits of the Spirit” at the end of the year, the way followed was not led by Jesus.
Set a new course.
The Bible encourages us to seek wisdom, and the best source of that wisdom is a combination of prayer, Bible study, and discernment.
Results frequently reveal that the ways of the world, business practices, and even common-sense strategies do not always line up with biblical instruction.
For example, you might want to connect with youth or younger men in your community, and common sense says you should create an activity and invite your desired audience to attend.
Yet, Scripture provides examples of a better way: Jesus met Matthew at a tax booth; he encountered Zacchaeus in a tree; and he visited a fishing port to meet Peter and Andrew.
Jesus went to the people. He met them in their own circumstances prior to issuing invitations.
That is the example we should follow.
The best way to plan for 2022 is to begin with prayer, study, and listening.
Ask yourself, “What is my desired outcome?” “What steps are necessary to achieve this outcome?” “What resources do I need?”
Ask questions related to when, who. what, and how?
Why not ask staff members of the commission to help you plan for next year? We offer expert assistance and SMART (specific, meaningful, achievable, relevant, and timely) goals.
Do not settle for less than the best. Become an agent of change for 2022 and set an example for all to follow.
Mark Lubbock, deployed staff member
General Commission on UM Men