The summer months offer us a season of growth. It is an opportunity to once again, apply Godly wisdom into our daily lives. This wisdom is grand and helps to boost any area of life… that is, if one truly understand its vastness and availability.
Organizations running on a fiscal year of December 31st, often roll out quarterly and year end goals by the end of July. Expecting that through the work of staff and employees, these aspirations will be met. Nonetheless, we all know that there are events and situations in life that can stall well-defined plans. But…we hope, anyway.
Florence Shinn shared that—“Hope looks forward. Faith knows it has already received and acts accordingly.”—
How true this is!
Most churches grow on hope, plan, and ask, to deliver. Pastors who listen to God first, find it easier to ask for help when in need of help, or pray, to find the answers. One must never totally depend on carnal feelings or thoughts, but must rely only on the spiritual never-failing, compass of this earthly experience. Spirituality in life, work, and relationships should be constructed, embraced, and cared for, daily. Where there are cracks, the other unfriendly and mean force can seep in slowly, to destroy all hope, all plans, and all aspirations. Yet, we know, that cracks can also bring God’s Light in. God’s Light falls in, when our spiritual hope and faith are strong and we confess our respect and total reliance on HIM. No competition here. Nothing else or no one else can control you, if you live in a life of hope and faith. Never call hope and faith in, keep them working in every situation. They truly want to work for you, everyday, all day!
Leaders, as you move into the second half of this year, study, and practice ways of compassion and kindness to display these attributes within your organizations. This is welcomed by most people. If you want to make an impact in achieving your goals for this year, perhaps you should consider sowing the seed of this approach to reap the results within yourself, your staff, and your organization.
May you be richly blessed in the rest of 2020!
Rev. M. Charlotte Oliver
Founding President & CEO of CharlotteO Ministries