I believe it is important to be involved in your community. Most of my life, I have been involved in a variety of groups: church groups, social groups and community groups. Most of those groups were created long before I was born. Most of them continue the legacy of making a positive impact in there respective community niche.
I'm all for them and proud to be a part of them.
That being said, many of them are headed towards destruction!
Each was created as a ship to transport others towards a better life. However, while hurtling full-speed towards that goal, they've thrown out the anchor in the rocks of generations past. They are coming to the end of their chain. When they do, the anchor is going to rip them to pieces.
The question always being asked in these groups is "how do we get more people involved in what we are doing?" It is the wrong question to ask most of the time. The question is an anchor in the rocks of tradition. It is an attempt to hold onto doing things the way we've always done them.
Don't get me wrong ... tradition is important! The key is deciphering which traditions we hold and which we do not. Many hold to the traditions of what they've always done, rather that holding true to the traditions of who they are. And yes, there is a big difference.
The vast majoring of groups I've been involved with began doing what they do, because that was how they could meet people where they are and help. The initial actions of these groups in most cases where actually efforts to break traditions in order to meet a need.
The question that should be asked is "how can we change what we do to meet people where they are?"
You don't have to surrender your values to adapt. You have to surrender apathy. Most clubs do what they do and call it a tradition because it is easier than finding new ways to engage their community.
Apathy holds the anchor tight. When the storms of life drive the ship forward and the chain draws taut, the ship is ripped apart because we are unwilling to ask the tough questions. Unwilling to adapt. Unwilling to respond. And unwilling to hold to the one tradition that started most of these groups; the intense desire to find a new way to engage the community in order to make people's lives better!
Are you anchored to destruction? Or are you ready to ride out the storm and help people along the way?
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WARREN MARTIN is a philosophy graduate of Texas Tech University. He is an author, teacher, minister, artist, quasi-philosopher and speaker known for his unique teaching style. His passion is to share the grace of Christ and to inspire & invest in the next generation of leaders. Learn more here...
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