Focus & Energy

What has your focus at the moment?

We have been spending some time recently looking at what should have our focus at Xcel Church as we move towards the Xcel 2020 vision. Quickly before people starting commenting – loving God and loving people are central to what we do, always.

As a leadership team, praying and thinking strategically about what gets our focus is important. It’s what leaders do. I have asked this question of some leaders recently too. What do you want your ministry to focus on for the next 12 months? What we choose to focus on will determine what gets our energy. We will unpack this more as we head towards vision month.

Here’s the thought – as important as it is to know what the focus should be for Xcel Church, I need to know what the focus should be more my own life, my family, my home.

We can give time and attention to many things but are they those which we would like to be defined by, the kind that are building a legacy for future generations. Whether you are a Christian or not, this question is an important one.

If we don’t focus on the right things then the energy we expend is wasted.

What has your focus at the moment? Give your energy to those things. They don’t have to be overtly ‘spiritual’ but are worked from the knowledge of who you are in Christ Jesus and His power at work, in us and through us.

These are what will have my focus and my energy on a personal level….

The health and well-being of my family: a strong and intimate marriage, seeing my daughters flourish

Building the kingdom of God: serving in God’s House, using & developing my gifts & talents properly, reaching people for Jesus

Seek after God: in all areas of my life, spending time with Him, reading His word, in prayer and doing my utmost to have a walk worthy of all God has done for me

The removal of personal debt: increasing our ability to live generously

How about you? Where is your focus and your energy going?

 

 

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing…Day 26

I think it was Stephen Covey who articulated this. It is such a truth that I think I am now getting a real grasp of. Problem is that it’s a really easy statement to make but a really hard one to keep. So many things do battle for my time and attention, it can be difficult to stay strong on the main thing.

Yesterday I posted about how seeking God is great but that the rewards come by working wholeheartedly. That’s when we prosper.

Then I read the post by Mark Batterson – read it here. This part in particular resonates strongly with me…what we need to do is refocus on doing the rights things: meditate on God’s word, pray through, obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit, genuinely love people. And when you do the right things, everything takes care of itself. This is exactly where I am at right now. I am so excited about what God is doing, would love to see more people at Xcel Darlington and can easily get caught up in the numbers game but just know that if we keep doing the right things God will honour that and we will prosper.

If I was becoming obsessed with numbers it was only because my heart is to reach people, make an impact in Darlington and see lives transformed as they discover the reality of living life the way God created it to be lived. Listen to me – making excuses.

I recognise that I must keep praying, meditating, believing God as well as the strategy, the study and the thinking side of Church. You cannot do one without the other but as Bill Hybels says…when leadership and discipleship collide (the process of growing people under Gods grace) always err on the side of what’s needed for discipleship.

We plant, we water…but God brings the increase. Bring it on. This Sunday is going to be incredible Xcel Darlington.