The 51% rule

Perfectionism is tyranny. A prison.

Francis Schaeffer observed that life can’t be measured by giant leaps and sudden progress. Forward motion can only be measured in steady steps. Why? 1) We can control them. 2) We can visualize them. 3) They generate less fear.

This is a good reminder as we consider the resolutions we’ve made — and the students we invest in.

Pretend one of your goals for 2010 is to write a book. You love the idea, though you’ve never attempted it. Where to begin? It’s not likely you’ll dash off ninety thousand words after supper. But you can “choose a topic” or “buy a pen.”

If you can picture a 51% chance of achieving today’s piece of the goal, you can achieve the whole thing.

A friend resolved to pray for all the students in his group. He listed their names on two pages, front and back. Think he’ll pray for them all every day? Neither do we.

His wife wrote their names on index cards, one per card. She’ll grab a card each day and carry it around, praying for that student throughout the day. Think that’ll happen?

Review the goals you’ve set for your ministry this year. Are you 51% convinced you can achieve them? If not, they’re too cumbersome. Break them up and make them happen.

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