Thursday, January 3, 2008

What is Important?

Starting the new year I am trying to keep the main thing the main thing. That probably needs to be on a big sign hanging over my desk so I don't forget it.

It seems as though it is easy to get distracted from the "Main Thing" and go off on various "Rabbit Trails" that waste time, energy and lots of money.

Ever since I started studying psychology and counseling in Grad School I have been amazed by how consistently the research reveals the same or very similar things about what is important to healing, growth and change. It is not how much education we have nor is it what theories we follow and the advice we give.

The same is true of evangelism and church growth. Almost everyone who comes to faith in Christ does so though a caring friend. Rarely does an agnostic decide to follow Christ after meeting an angry fundamentalist.

Nope, most of it comes down to the same stuff I read about in Sunday school. Loving and caring for one another is the core of being helpful to people. Love covers a multitude of problems and sins.

As the old saying goes, "People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care."

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