“Jesus is the embodiment of abundant life. He can’t be described as good, or honest, or even perfect. None of those words alone capture the totality of the time when God was with us and God’s name was Jesus.”
“Limit and weakness are not synonymous. Much of the conversation in churches is about overcoming our weaknesses. In the same respect, our prayers often focus on what we don’t do well. I’ve always been enamored with the idea of discovering my gifts, the thing I do better than the other things I do. What about you?”
By Amos Disasa
Visions and ideas are often confused for each other. The resemblance can be attributed to their perceived origin. When visions and ideas are shared, it sounds like they came from the same place. We hear visions and ideas speak to us from leaders, task-forces, (out of) the blue, resident genius and strategic planning documents.
The consequence of mistaking one for the other is lost time and energy. The sum of many good ideas remains less than one vision.
As our church begins to imagine who God is calling us to be in the future, it will be helpful for us to know how to tell one vision apart from a bunch of good ideas.
The chart below is not officially sanctioned by anybody but me. Still, use it with caution. You may find yourself doing less and praying more. For those of us accustomed to measuring our faithfulness by our busyness, this will be different.
See you Sunday,
Amos Disasa is the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. He previously served most recently as a co-pastor of Downtown Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Amos graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He and his wife Sarah have two children.
“It is now officially Lent. Today, we can begin a 40-day journey of self-denial. I don’t give up things for the season of Lent but I know people who do. I asked around and learned that this year’s most likely losers during Lent are chocolate, soda, complex carbohydrates, the Oxford comma, television, wine on weekdays and wine on weekends.”