Apr 21, 2011
Have you ever felt that what you were doing just wasn’t enough to make an impact on a cause? You did your best, but still felt guilty that you didn’t do more.
As a ministry leader, have you made others feel like their involvement (giving, volunteering etc.) with your cause wasn’t enough? Or worse, did you twist and apply pressure-guilting them to do something that God wasn’t asking them to do?
Do you and I really know if an individual has done all they can do? Or more importnatly…all that God wants them to do?
Elisa reminds us that our focus should not be on what we (or our champions) aren’t able to do, or what they didn’t do, but that we ought to appreciate and invest our lives and energy in what we can do.
This falls right in line with what we at MIF taught last month in our TG Ask workshops where we re-defined the nature of a major gift. A major gift is not about the size of the gift or the number of hours volunteered, but about what it cost the giver. Was the gift a significant sacrifice for them? Was it what God asked them to give or do?
If one’s giving (time, talent, treasure) was what God was asking of them, then we should appreciate (and celebrate) that they are listening to God’s voice.
In the latter part of Elisa’s book she asks the question (it’s one we should ask all our champions as well), “What if I did what I could and you did what you could and then we did what we could – all of us?”
Her point being that if each of us did what God enabled us to do, then our needs would be met and our giving would be joyful and not laced with the guilt that so easily creeps in.
My challenge to you today as you coach your champions is that you would focus on what they have done and rejoice over the impact God has permitted you to have together on the cause He called you to.