I love managing projects. The thing about project management is that you can work really hard for a fairly short period of time and see the outcomes. If you’ve written a good project plan, you can measure the outcomes in great detail. That’s a wonderful thing.
We live in a culture that’s all about outcomes. Medical outcomes, outcome based education, outcome based goals and objectives.
We love outcomes!
We love setting goals and then achieving them; 15% profit growth, 12% reduction in complaints.
But in the real world, things are substantially different.
In the real world, we’ve been given two great commandments; love God and love our neighbor. The problem is, neither can be measured. The job of loving God and loving others is never finished.
It’s no wonder we like to talk about giving a tithe. If we can afford it, it has a great sense of accomplishment. Then again, if we can afford it, we should probably consider giving a heck of a lot more.
It’s also fun to work on a schedule. I put my hands on my hips, stand up tall and say, “I taught Sunday school last year.” Look at me, hey! I did it.
But there’s a big difference between giving generously and writing a check for 10% of our income just as there’s a difference between teaching Sunday school and discipling young people.
Love isn’t a task item to be checked off and true ministry is never finished.
We can’t measure love. We can’t put it in a test tube and run it through a mass spectrometer. We can’t weigh it or determine its volume, but we sure do know it when we see it, don’t we?
The real thing is unmistakable.
And ministry’s not a thing we finish, either. Every Church pastor knows that with absolute truth. So does every mother. You do the best you can today and tomorrow you start all over again. It’ll wear you out, if you’re looking for the outcomes. But if you keep your eyes on the love, you’ll always be successful.
Are you measuring outcomes or experiencing love?