• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Ever learning more

The “rentrée” is just about upon us.  The “rentrée” is the French equivalent of the start up of the new academic or business year.  I realize that this is a predominantly northern hemisphere phenomenon, but bear with me as there are principles all of us can take away.  The “rentrée” is that time when everyone looks back on the past few months and then begins to anticipate what is ahead.

In most people’s minds, they savor all that they were able to do, but look forward (both excitedly and nervously) to all there is still to learn and experience.

We as workers need to step back and once again prepare our “rentrée”, whether that occurs for you in September or in February.  Sometimes we get so stuck in always looking back, living on what we have learned and experienced already, that we never take the time to assess and anticipate what we ought to learn in the days, weeks and months ahead.

My challenge to each of us is this:

  • Choose one growth area, one area for improvement in your personal, family, spiritual or ministry life;
  • Write a description of the end result you will strive towards and specific activities that will move you towards that end result;
  • Ask someone to be a growth coach or partner with you, praying and encouraging you in this growth area.

The reason we should still learn more is so that “whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, we do all to the glory of God.”  (1 Corinthians 10:31)



2 Responses

  1. I really appreciate the “one thing” approach presented here. In times past a quick survey of my life or ministry revealed multiple areas of growth; that is still true today but now I try to focus on the most influential thing I can do to move me towards being a better church planter, family man, leader and a follower of Christ. Too many goals in one’s life end up only being aspirations not actual areas focused on. Several years ago I started looking at Gal 5:22-23 to identify which aspect of the fruit of the Spirit I needed to grow in for the year. This has proved hepful for me as I slowly spirial upward in godly character…. May God grant each of us clarity on where we can grow in each of the areas you mentioned.

    • Good word. The overflowing number of things that need to change or where we need to grow in our lives can actually cause us to not take one step in growing in any one of the areas. You put it well when you said: “Too many goals in one’s life end up only being aspirations not actual areas focused on.” This is why we need a community around us to help us sort through the ‘clutter’ and focus on one to two areas of growth, so that we can see the Spirit moving us forward in our walk with Him.

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