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Why can’t we try it?

Have you ever been in the hunt for a new computer, electric generator, or some other item needed for ministry or home setup?  As cross cultural workers, we are pretty good at ferreting out the best possible price. It’s just our way of trying to use the Lord’s money wisely.  However, you know there have been times when all that work was for naught. Sometimes, taking too much time to think about the best option, caused you to miss the sale price which ended yesterday!

Sometimes the same process occurs when we launch a new ministry project or tool.  Someone comes up with a great idea. We’re excited about what might happen through this project or tool.  We begin to brainstorm how to make it happen.  Then we move to ‘launch’ and that’s when the questions start to come.too-many-questions

Now, there is nothing wrong with questions and analysis.  Yet, I’ve noticed two things about ‘over-questioning’.  First, at times ‘over-questioning’ is a smokescreen for our criticism, not our constructive, critical help.  We simply want to prove that we are right about the theological or missiological standing behind our comments, rather than help the brother or sister move a new idea forward.  Second, we underestimate the truth that we can learn an awful lot when things don’t go as we planned.  The Spirit of God has much to teach us from those moments of stepping out in ‘faith’ as well as those moments of stepping out in our own self sufficiency.

I don’t have an answer as to the best way to ‘work this process’, but I think it starts with a good deal of prayer, honesty with one another, and just plain old ‘give-it-a-try’ effort.

 

One Response

  1. David, I enjoyed this thought. Can you “unpack” or expand on this idea:
    First, at times ‘over-questioning’ is a smokescreen for our criticism, not our constructive, critical help. We simply want to prove that we are right about the theological or missiological standing behind our comments, rather than help the brother or sister move a new idea forward.

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