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"The Wisdom of Looking Ahead"
In a recent Christianity Today article, Rick Ezell advised leaders to "create their organizational future before it happens." Ezell is senior pastor of Naperville Baptist Church, Naperville, Ill. He wrote:
Ezell explains seven advantages of thinking about where your organization is going, and where it needs to go.
Looking ahead helps us to create rather than react. Ezell points out that "creation" and "reaction" are actually anagrams—they have the same letters in them. "Each step along our journey we are faced with a choice either to create or to react."
Looking ahead saves time.
Looking ahead allows us to build on their strengths. "Effective leaders determine what the organization can do best and then do it."
Looking ahead reduces crisis. "The two controlling influences will be either our plans or our pressures. And contrary to public opinion, no one works well under pressure for long."
Looking ahead gives energy. "Failing to focus, we dissipate our energy on less important matters, improper agendas, and lost crusades."
Looking ahead is a spiritual experience. "Looking ahead cannot be done without the power of prayer. As your eyes engage the plan, allow your heart to engage the Heavenly Father."
Good advice. For the full article, click here.
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