WE HOPE TO SHARE A TIP OR STRATEGY FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MONDAY.
“[God’s] as capable of intervening in your office on Monday afternoon as [God] is in your church on Sunday morning.” – Andy Stanley, When Work and Family Collide
This week’s “Monday follows Sunday” thought:
Recently at a Lenten study, a colleague of mine helped the gathered group dive into contemplative prayer. In doing so, he referenced “Richard Foster’s Guidelines for Simplicity.” One of the guidelines, #8, was a challenge to “obey Jesus’ instruction about plain, honest speech” and that got me thinking…
Tell the truth or not to tell the truth, that is the question.
Ministerial leaders struggle with boundaries, thus we struggle with the truth. Whether it is discerning how to tell a congregant “no” or if we simply have a calendaring conflict, sometimes, let’s be honest, we aren’t honest.
We say things like: “I have an appointment”, “I am really busy. “, “Oh, I have a family emergency.”, “I am swamped.”
When what we really mean is “NO”, “I am choosing not to.” or “I have something more important.” It feels harsh and pointed, but it is the truth.
If we are really going to be the leaders we claim we want to be, we need to claim our answers.
“Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one” – Matthew 5:37 NRSV
This Monday, I challenge you to start an honesty movement around your church. Challenge yourself to be completely, unashamedly honest. I am not telling you to be rude, you can still have tact and be honest. Be compassionately, boldly honest. I think it will be painfully wonderful for the church and extraordinarily liberating for you as its pastor.
I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. – George Washington, Farewell Address