Two days before Christmas of 2020, I awoke to several flashes of light off to the left. As my eyes adjusted to the light in the room, I noticed that I couldn't clear the fog from my left eye. Trying to make out the fine print of my NIV was impossible, and quickly brought about a big fat headache....AND real fear of a retinal detachment.
By mid-morning, an optometrist had ruled out anything threatening. "But, that flash of light did create a large floater, and it couldn't possibly be in a more problematic spot". My vitreous had launched a giant cobweb into the dead center of my left eye. She promised me some headaches in the near term. But eventually, time and gravity would pull it away from my direct field of vision. She reassured, "Soon, you will learn to see around it."
In the blink of an eye, I had my own metaphor for 2020. A pandemic arrived overnight. In a flash, it clouded the world's ability to see anything clearly. It's ...
Who could have anticipated all the big decisions you've been making lately? The sand feels like it's constantly shifting beneath your feet.
Who'd have figured it would be a crisis that would catapult your organization's mission to essential status? Your people need you walking alongside them now more than ever.
Who wants to imagine even the possibiity that the ministries that mean the most to you might not survive the times? No one. But people much smarter than me are predicting nonprofit closure rates - best case scenario is 7%, worst case is half, and most probable is 1 out of 4.
Think about the big decisions you've had to make since March. Are they intentional choices about your ministry's future? Or have you just been reacting to every new emergency? Are you making strategic choices? Or are you plugging holes in a dam?
Chances are, few of the major choices you've made in recent months were informed by...