Saturday, August 4, 2007

Deep wells or fences?

a Jesus thought...
Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it. (Luke 11:28)

a Godly thought...
We must be wary of determining who is in and out - because we might exclude Christ. The way people behave and what they do does matter - Jesus warns about producing fruit. But too often, our judgements about good and bad fruit are more conditioned by our Christian culture than by Christ. (p185 Barker)

a leading thought...
The leader's job is to communicate God's promise to the people, not to create the vision and then strive to enlist people to buy in to it. (p72 Blackaby)

a Dave thought...
Many people of late have asked me "how we can keep our young people around the Salvos especially ages 18-30?" This story will help you understand my thoughts...
An international farmer came to the Northern Territory to visit a 1000 kilometre square cattle station. After arriving he was shocked to discover there were no fences, and asked how many thousands of cattle would you lose a year. The local answered, "listen mate, the reason we don't need fences out here is that we have deep wells. The cattle don't stray because we find the underground springs and put a windmill on it to suck up the water. The cattle don't wander because they know where to come if they're gonna survive. It's better to dig deep wells for fresh water than try to build thousands of kilometres of fences to keep them in."

Surely we need to be asking "what are we providing for our 18-30's?" Instead many continue to ask how can we keep them in. The kingdom of God is a spring of water, not a fence.
Just a thought.

3 comments:

Brad Freind said...

Great thought Dave.

james said...

i like it dave! great thought!

Anonymous said...

Great picture. Very helpful for us older salvos. we want to understand and meet the challenge to respond to the younger generations in ways that move the Army into the future.