Last night, our staff hosted a dinner for a dozen of our ministry team leaders - men and women who invest a lot of time and energy in the day-to-day operations of the church without any financial compensation.
It was a minuscule way for us to say 'thank you,' and it was a fantastic night. Everyone shared a favorite moment in the church from 2016. They talked about their hopes for 2017. We laughed. Hard work and success were acknowledged.
It really is amazing what can happen when people get together to eat tacos. Now, I know that hipsters ruin everything, including tacos. Tacos have become excuses to shove whatever you want into a tiny tortilla. And...occasionally it turns out to be awesome.
What you can't screw up are tacos with ground beef or grilled chicken. Add lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, and salsa and you're set. That was the set up for dinner last night and it turned out great.
But it almost didn't happen.
OK, I might be over-dramatizing the situation, but there was a jar of salsa (Mrs. Renfroe's Black Bean Salsa, if memory serves) that didn't want to open. This, of course, provided an opportunity for men to prove their strength, so one of our guys grabbed the jar, gave it a turn or three, but it didn't budge.
Now we had ourselves a strongman competition as several men lined up to free Mrs. Renfroe's centuries old recipe from its vacuum-sealed confines. They tried different grips. One of them spread their feet past their shoulders and twisted his hips to provide extra torque.
That jar wasn't budging.
After a few rounds of this, our nursery director decided to take over. Taking the jar, she walked over to a table, picked up a large serving spoon, tapped the lid a half dozen times, and opened the jar with ease.
It's all about the spoon.
I meet a lot of church leaders who are trying hard to open jars - hustling; working long hours; always busy - but they have little to show for their efforts. They're doing all they know how to do, but the results they need simply aren't showing up.
Most leaders decide the solution to their problem is to work even harder - try different tricks and strategies to find the magic formula that will grow your church, build your team, make you more productive.
If you'll allow me, I'd like to give you a spoon.
I want to show you how to loosen the gridlock on your life so you can get into the good stuff.
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