Posts Tagged ‘mission’

John Mark made smores. They’re a day’s journey from Lystra. Sitting by the fire, Paul licks the marshmallow and chocolate from his fingers. Barnabas watches the sun slip below the horizon while John Mark pulls out the bedrolls.

“Hey, Hermes, you look a little stoned.”

“Shut up, Zeus.”

“Seriously, how’s it going? The eye looks better already. Did you heal yourself?”

“Not funny. You wanna explain to me how you walk away from “THE GODS ARE AMONG US” and I get stoned?”

“Squeaky wheel gets the grease.”


Gentle sobbing.

“Reminds me of Stephen….”


“You know, Paul, what I admired in Stephen is what I like about you. You are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. You preach it like it’s the power of God to bring salvation.”

“Well, that’s what I believe.”

“Stephen did, too. I remember Jesus said, ‘Blessed are you when you’re persecuted for my name’s sake.’ Stephen once said to me, ‘For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.'”

“That sounds like Stephen. Hang on a second, let me get a pencil. I’m gonna wanna remember this.”

“We’re on a mission of life or death, Paul. Since all have sinned…”

“…and fall short of God’s glory…”

“…we HAVE to tell everyone that if they’ll confess Jesus is Lord and believe in their hearts God raised him from the dead…”

“…they’ll be saved!”

“Exactly! Paul, if God is for us, who can be against us? Aren’t we more than conquerors in Christ?”

Silence. Nothing but embers left in the fire pit. The stars glow in the night.


“Yeah, Paul.”

“Thanks for everything — after Stephen, after Damascus, bringing me to Antioch, this mission — you’ve helped me realize all things are possible in Christ.”

“My pleasure, Paul.”

Tr8: Mentor. Find one. Be one. This is a team endeavor.

What are you trying to accomplish today?

Let a child know he or she is loved and safe? Complete a deal? Make a sale? Love your spouse? Clean the garage? Treat a patient?

How do you define a win?

Some folks I respect illustrate this point using a baseball analogy. A win in baseball is crossing home plate. Everything happening in the field, bullpen, and dugout is about winning. The scoreboard keeps everyone focused on one thing: players crossing home plate.

Know what a win looks like and it’ll be much easier to accomplish today’s goal. If a win isn’t defined, no one (not even you) will experience success.

In baseball, there are clear steps to a win — hit/walk to first, advance to second, advance to third, cross the plate. To get to a win, complete these steps.

So, establish your win for today. Get straight what to do by sundown.

Tr8: Playing to win.

Now: Step #1.

Resource: 7 Practices of Effective Ministry