The answer is not as simple as it appears. Many things we do in life really are “so yesterday.” Yet, we have to prayerfully discern the difference between the fad and the fundamental. For instance, the church at Willow Creek spent around 30 years innovating methods to pacify “seekers.” One day the leadership awakened to the fact that while they were building large crowds, many in the crowds were spiritually starving. The leaders publicly admitted their error and restructured the public ministry to include more in depth preaching and teaching. A return to the basics, with an emphasis on excellence in so doing is making an enormous difference. They learned that it is a mistake to the throw the baby out with the bath water.
Methods, fads, come and go, but basics remain the same. Football is a game that exemplifies the importance of executing the basics well. Bill Shankey, the famous Scottish football coach, (Ok, I know we call his game Soccer here) coached his teams to numerous world championships but is more famous for this statement about attitude:
"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that"
Another famous football coach, (the real kind) Vince Lombardi said,
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
Now, on to my theme for today, here’s a line from James Canton;
“Those who are ill informed about change will be at risk for a rough future.”
Change because change is in vogue, or the refusal to change, are equally defeatist decisions.
On another day Coach Lombardi asserted, “We will strive for excellence and victory.” He knew excellence must come first.
As I write the thought keeps forcing itself to the fore so I share it with you. Can you find even one verse in all of the Bible, Old and New Testaments, that states in no uncertain terms that the key to victorious living is dependent on giving life a half-hearted effort?
I didn’t think so.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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