Be the Change.
There have been many moments that I have felt such a strong desire, a NEED, to make a difference. I see something going on around me and think,"I have to do something about this!" With all of my good intentions I look around and find no outlet for my efforts. I want things to be better but I don't know what I can do to help.
This reality is most evident to me within the church. I have been in situations where I really, really wanted to help, to be a part of something bigger than me, and just wasn't allowed in. I have had conversations with pastors asking why the same people did everything. I volunteered many times for many things, only to be overlooked for the veterans.
I have also seen people get burned out in the church because they were constantly doing everything. These same people would become resentful of the church because they were the only ones asked to lead, provide, and instruct.
I want to be a part of the community. I want the church to be bigger than itself. I want to reach out to others. I want to meet the needs of everyone. Occasionally I think I even have good ideas. I know there are other's like me, other's searching for a way to belong and assist, but they do not know where to begin.
If you are in leadership of an organization what do you do to reach out to those who may help you lead?
If you want your organization to be successful, you must be willing to seek out ideas different from your own. Be willing to listen to those who are searching for a way to make a difference.
You also have to be willing to change things that need changing and help things that are in need of help. We can't allow ourselves to be satisfied with mediocre. We can't be okay with allowing things to fail because we were too afraid to speak up.
Don't be afraid to speak up, in a loving manner mind you, when you see something that could be handled differently. We all have a purpose, and we are all worth listening to.
Be the change you desire in your world. Be the difference your church needs.