A few months back, I had the opportunity to listen to gold coach and speaker Hank Haney. It was an absolutely packed house filled with business leaders, golfers and interested on-lookers. Some of yo may know this, but others will have no idea who he is, until I give yo the name of one of his most famous students – Tiger Woods. Yes, Hank Haney was responsible for coaching Tiger through one of he best stretches of his career and was never afraid to tel the world’s best golfer – what he was doing wrong and how he needed to fix it. Hank didn’t disappoint with the speak he gave that day, and one particular phrase he shared with us stood out to me and has bounced around in my brain a number of times since then.
“If you want to get good at anything, find someone who is doing it well and watch them.”
I’ve thought about that phrase many times and wondered about its implications – especially to a church that can get very lost in “looking” at the wrong things sometimes. You see, we get caught up in all sorts of watching of the wrong things – ourselves, the pastor, the church leaders etc., etc. and we have forgotten who we are to be focus on JESUS!
Author Ellen White, put it together so well when she said, “As activity increases and men become successful in doing any work for God, there is danger of trusting to human plans and methods. There is a tendency to pray less, and to have less faith. Like the disciples, we are in danger of losing sight of our dependence on God, and seeking to make a savior of our activity. We need to look constantly to Jesus, realizing that it is His power which does the work. While we are to labor earnestly for the salvation of the lost, we must also take time for meditation, for prayer, and for the study of the word of God.” Desire of Ages, p. 362
You see if we look to Jesus as our source of inspiration and spend time with Him and His Word, as we look to copy Him, we will make a genuine impact on all lives we come in contact with. We will genuinely listen, we will authentically look to meet the real needs of people we meet and most significantly we will make an impact for eternity on the lives we encounter. In reality, that’s the most important task we can accomplish as followers of Jesus Christ – to Focus on Jesus and let His life impact who we are what we do.
Neil Richmund is a marketer who has a passion for helping churches impact the world – starting with the community that surrounds them.