When most of us think of the word stewardship we usually think about money. But the word steward simply means manager, as opposed to owner. However, God entrusts everything we have, to us, for us to manage for His purposes. He expects us manage everything well and use it to accomplish the vision He has for us. God is counting on us to be good stewards. It doesn’t matter how big or small the vision is; our responsibility is the same. Preserving and protecting the vision is a stewardship decision!
If God has revealed a specific direction for our lives and organizations, it is a scary but powerful thing. All of a sudden, it’s not about us anymore. We have a higher calling and purpose. We have a higher level of determination. We are more resolved to see it through. We are unwilling to waver. We’re unlikely to quit when it gets difficult. It will get difficult! If God has given us a vision, and we quit on it, we’re missing the mark! The word sin means to miss the mark. This means that quitting on the vision is a sin! If we allow someone to hijack the vision, or run us off, or quit before it's finished, we have been disobedient to the One who called us here!
When you’re trying to lead your organization through change, there will be times when the pain is so difficult you want to give up. I plead with you not to do it. Don’t ever leave just because it’s hard. Don't retreat with your tail between your legs. Don't quit after a big loss. Don't quit just because someone else thinks you should.
Vision is a sacred stewardship. Steward it well. Finish what you started. No, finish what HE started in and through you!
Cheering you one,
Your Friend & Coach,
P.S. I talk much more about this issue in my new book Be Mean About The Vision: Preserving & Protecting What Matters. Get it today!