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Having impact

While in Australia, I heard a speaker share the following thought: “People want to feel like they are contributing to something. It may not change big things, but they are having impact.”impact bis

My first thought was to think of the people that we work with or the active participants of various community of believers with which we are involved. People want to be part of something. They want to feel that their ‘small part’ is somehow contributing to a larger whole that brings ultimate change. Maybe this is why so many seek community in our days? However, as with a previous post, I wonder if we as workers don’t often stifle that involvement or hinder the impact that others long to have by the simple fact of our doing most of the ministry ourselves.

Then my thoughts turned to us as workers and I realized that we, like anyone else, long to have impact in our world. However, maybe we believe that impact will only come as we ‘do’ the bulk of ministry activity? Maybe we struggle to share, delegate or give away ministry to others because it feels like we will lose impact? Maybe we can’t see how our impact might actually be multiplied as we share it with others?

One step in multiplying impact by ‘sharing work’ with others might be by simply listening to the input and counsel of others. In 2 Kings 5, we read about the Syrian commander Naaman who sought healing for his leprosy. It’s a story that many of us know quite well. However, if you take away the involvement or intervention of the young servant girl working for Naaman’s wife and the servants who traveled with Naaman, the story would take a completely different turn. Their words had incredible impact in the life of Naaman. Despite their low status, he chose to listen to them and the outcome is Naaman’s redemption.

People want to feel like they are contributing to something. It may not change big things, but they are having impact.”

2 Responses

  1. When I first joined World Team Albert Ehmann was my mentor, teacher, supervisor. He said our job was to be like orchestra conductors. A conductor could play an instrument, but we would hear just that one instrument. When the conductor puts down his instrument and takes up the conductors baton to lead an entre orchestra we hear something truly incredible as all the instruments blend together into something only possible when they all play together in harmony. Although the conductor may desire to play his own instrument, it is only when he puts it down and empowers everyone else that the magic of the music comes alive. That is our job as we disciple, mentor and release people into ministry. The music to God’s ears comes alive as we become conductors, those who enable others, not just individual musicians.

  2. Thanks Gary for posting this note! The image is so helfpul in seeing how we should ‘facilitate’ others.

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