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Making A Difference

 

For the last 48 hours I have been sitting and marinating on what Justin Wise wrote yesterday regarding that “wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.” That pretty much describes a lot of churches, non-profits, and organizations right now. Maybe it’s time for change, Obama is President right?

“Making a Difference” is a theme that has been adopted by a lot of people and organizations.  The assumption is that making a difference is a decision I have to make.  Just recently I read the book, The Encore Effect by Mark Sanborn where he frames it this way, “it’s not just that everybody CAN make a difference; everybody DOES make a difference.”  We make a difference whether we intend to or not.  The question is, “What kind of difference will we make.”  We can’t excuse what we’re doing or what we’re not doing by assuming that nobody is paying any attention.  Everyone influences someone.

What we really want more than anything else is for our people to care and except Christ.  When they don’t seem to care, we become really frustrated.  I’ve noticed no matter the organization the leaders who care the most seem to have the most people, employees, and volunteers who care.  I know for our church we all care so much caring is going out of style, but we are simplifying the way we do things. Cutting this, cutting that because we are listening to our people. That’s what makes my leadership so special.  They really care about people.   Maybe really focusing and listening to our people is one key to “making a difference.”  What do you think?

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. I think this is exactly it. I think people want to be heard…right. That's what Twitter is all about. Listen to me! This is all easier said than done. You have to relate with folks before they're comfortable opening up. That's the paradox with what Justin is suggesting. How do you listen to each person's uniquely? Perhaps we should be focusing more on empowering people to just listen. Perhaps we need to be listening to God more. "Be still and know that I am God."

    All that said, I do think there should be a separate and strategic outreach to unbelievers as opposed to connecting the existing groups in your church.

  2. I think this is exactly it. I think people want to be heard…right. That's what Twitter is all about. Listen to me! This is all easier said than done. You have to relate with folks before they're comfortable opening up. That's the paradox with what Justin is suggesting. How do you listen to each person's uniquely? Perhaps we should be focusing more on empowering people to just listen. Perhaps we need to be listening to God more. "Be still and know that I am God."

    All that said, I do think there should be a separate and strategic outreach to unbelievers as opposed to connecting the existing groups in your church.

  3. That quote about making a difference and the power of influence is so solid!! Something to seriously consider whenever we do or say anything!!

  4. Yea I really like the quote. I'm tempted to offer 60000 different things, when it should just be one…

    But in the area of leaders who care, I've found that there are at least some leaders who really care about their organizations, but simply cannot get it off the ground…thoughts?