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What are we going to do next year?

build trustThis is the time of the year that many of us will reflect on the impact of Gospel in our lives: how Jesus as the “God among us” stirs and transforms our life and work.  It is also the time when many of us will “remember” what God has done over this past year in us and through us.  The goal of that reflection or assessment is to consider what God longs for us to do in the year to come.

I’m not talking about setting New Year’s resolutions, but about establishing one’s heart direction for the coming year.  In other words, thinking how that heart direction might express itself in one’s life and work.  Paraphrasing Galatians 5:6, we could put the question this way: what will faith expressing itself through love look like this year?

As I thought about World Team and what we might do in the coming year, what God longs to do in and through us, a host of words and ideas came to mind.  For example: transformational communities; church multiplication; greater accountability and follow through; delegation; facilitating others in ministry; and deepening relationships between workers.

However, when I asked the question, what will faith expressing itself through love look like, one word, one heart direction rose quickly to the top of the pile.  That word was: trust.

If there is one heart direction that God desires to characterize us in the coming year, towards which we should strive with all our heart, it should be trust.

I recognize that trust can be easily broken, but I often wonder if we prefer to keep people in a low trust or no trust category because it keeps us from the hurt, pain and struggle of engaging that fellow worker again and looking to Christ for the strength and courage to learn to love well and work together more deeply.

Trust may not be easy, but it begins by each of us offering that trust again to one another.

2 Responses

  1. Agreed, “TRUST” is an important concept, valuable beyond words in our desire to grow forward.

    Stephen Covey’s “The Speed of Trust” offers serious motivation and insight into how trust can positively affect our costs, our level of contentment, and our ability to do that which we see as God’s call for us to do – Plant Reproducing Churches!

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