The change you don’t implement

By Dave Henning / November 13, 2018

“The change you don’t implement often becomes something none of us wants– regret. . . .  for the sake of contributing meaningfully throughout your entire life, don’t just intend to change.  Actually do it.”- Carey Nieuwhof (emphasis author’s)

Carey Nieuwhof concludes Chapter 8 of Didn’t See It Coming as he provides four insights and strategies to make sure you stay current.

1.  Love the mission more than the methods.  As Pastor Nieuwhof observes, most of what you do in life can be divided into mission and methods.  Mission is big, about what you want to accomplish.  On the other hand, methods are smaller.  Also, methods should be subservient to mission.  As a result, the methods you employ help you achieve your mission.

Often, mission and methods work in harmony.  Just as often, though, the two compete.  Thus, if necessary, change your methods to better accomplish your mission.

2.  Get radical.  There’s a problem with minimal effort.  When changes occur in increments, you reap incremental, uninspiring results.  In contrast, radical change brings radical results.

3.  Become a student of culture.  In order to speak into today’s culture, you must study it.  However, that doesn’t mean you must agree with the current culture.  But, you must understand it.

4.  Surround yourself with younger people.  When dealing with younger people, Carey notes, it’s tempting to want to teach them everything you’ve learned. Yet, it’s crucial to listen as much as you speak and to learn as much as you try to teach.

In conclusion, Pastor Nieuwhof states that the more you embrace change, the more familiar it gets.  And, at some point, change becomes transformation.  Furthermore, there’s a powerful difference between the two, although they look similar on the outside.  For when true transformation occurs, you embrace the future more than the past.

Today’s question: What change that you failed to implement left you with feelings of regret?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Pervasive pride disguises itself”

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