I cry when I watch movies. There’s nothing manly about it, I know, but it’s true. Only movies with a sad/moving ending but I don’t think that helps my case.
I can’t stand movie plots that include a time-space continuum (The new Star Trek is excluded. I am a fan.). Most of the time, it’s an easy way to make a dead character come back to life which is a total misuse of my emotional attachment to that character. That attachment is an investment! It makes the movie worth watching because it has captured my attention enough to warrant that investment. It totally changes the way I engage the movie. I’m interested. The outcome matters to me.
This crosses over into ministry and the workplace. If it isn’t an investment, what’s the point?
We all have an asset that we are responsible for distributing on a daily basis: Time. I obviously spend too much of mine watching movies. Are you investing your time well? Beyond that, if you are investing your time in ministry or work, are you doing it to the best of your abilities?
If the answer is yes, you can stop reading this now. If the answer is no, are you prepared to make the changes necessary to answer differently?
As Kerry Bural says, doing ministry well requires blood, sweat and tears. That’s an investment! I love the quote by J.C. Penny, “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”
It’s about throwing away words like “average” or “enough” and embracing “what it takes” and a vision for something that many would consider crazy or far-fetched. If you are able to accomplish this, you can take a healthy pride in the results of your work knowing that you have invested well.
Here are three simple necessities for ensuring that you are investing well:
Many more elements are required to be certain that your investment is in alignment with your unique, God-given DNA. But without the three necessities above, what’s the point?