Thursday, October 04, 2007

AND/OR

Read the blog Craig Groeschel wrote on Swerve yesterday. It’s something we all need to think about.


"Do you remember the cartoon with the song… “Conjunction Junction, what’s your function?” (Sorry to date myself like that.)
I’m going to offer one conjunction change that could drastically improve your ministry (or marriage, or family, or school, or whatever).


Most people say “AND” most of the time.
We should learn to say “OR” most of the time.

Instead of…
We can do a singles ministry, AND counseling ministry, AND a sports ministry, AND missions, AND Divorce Care, AND a puppet ministry, AND a quilting ministry, AND a ministry for people with more than five pets…

You can say…
We can do this… OR that… and do it well. We probably can’t do it all. Let’s focus on what God is calling us to do.

The same is true in our families. Many families say “AND” so often they rarely see each other.
Think about your family, your ministry, your schedule, your relationship with God…
Where have you been saying “AND” when you should be saying “OR?” "


Knowing your family’s vision will enable you to know when to say “no” to those ‘ands’. Does what you want to add contribute to that vision, or will it take away from what God has called you to accomplish together? This provides a great opportunity to share with your children why your family chooses NOT to do everything that you could!

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