Don’t stop evolving

As we get closer to starting Walls Down church, I am being reminded that the best gift I can give to those people that God will entrust me with is the gift of continual, spiritual & cognitive development.

I was reading St. Paul’s letter to Timothy the other day and came across some words that have stayed with me. In these verses, Paul is encouraging Timothy (a young pastor) to preach with courage and live with an awareness of his calling to ministry. And then he writes,

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:15-16 NIV).

A few thoughts from these verses:

  • As people watch my life will they see change? Will they see a development/evolution of character? Maturity? Knowledge? Skill? Discipline? Will they see me progressing or will they see a slow stagnation and the eventual rotting of a man? I’ve known men and women, and so have you, that hit a point in their lives where they quit “progressing.” They kind of kicked into cruise control and were okay with that. I’m not. I will spend the rest of my life progressing.

Why is progress such a big deal? Because…

  • People’s eternal destinies will be shaped by how I live and what I teach! That’s pretty sobering! This is no cause for pride or presumption. This is a cause for humility, continual self-evaluation, intense prayer, and a rigorous self-development plan!

While these reflections are somewhat personal in nature, they are still completely applicable to you. If you are in any kind of leadership position… if anyone is watching you… if you are a parent, a pastor, a coach, a teacher, etc. you are also responsible to for your own continual spiritual and cognitive development!

Don’t stop evolving! If you do, you will lose and so will everyone who looks to you.

3 thoughts on “Don’t stop evolving

  1. Hi… just curious
    There is already a church plant at both the Little Miami highschool and gradeschool (2 different churches). Heard you guys might be moving to the area. Also, there have been 15-20 church plants in the area in the past 5 years. Several have failed, several are still going. I’d love to add my wisdom or insite to your planned plant. Shoot me an email.
    adam

  2. >>I’ve known men and women, and so have you, that hit a point in their lives where they quit “progressing.” They kind of kicked into cruise control and were okay with that. I’m not. I will spend the rest of my life progressing. <<

    Can we form some sort of club or something?!! 😀
    “I’m not.” has got to be the best five letters in this whole paragraph. Powerful little sentence.

    The club motto can be “I will spend the rest of my life progressing”. Each meeting can begin with “Hi, I’m Mike and I’m an evolving leader” “Hi Mike” the support group will respond. “This week God is working on ______ in my leadership…..” and the sharing continues until the next fellow says, “Hi, I’m Paul and I’m an evolving leader”…..etc.
    What do you think? 😉
    Mike

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s