I started this list as a comment to a previous post. I decided to make it a post of its own.
I’m trying to sort through some things about relationship as it relates to leadership, to spiritual direction, to helping people in ways that are consistent with the ways that Jesus helped (and helps) people.
Respond, argue, clarify, ask for clarification.
1. It takes time to get to know other people in the helping community.
2. The more we know other people, the more we trust what they can do.
3. There are no agencies in the New Testament, only people and the church. (Thus, when Jesus sorts out the people who showed Him love from the people who didn’t in Matthew 25, He was holding individuals accountable)
4. The more time we invest in (as opposed to waste on) people, the more we are about what Jesus was about.
5. Investing in means providing the resources that are needed to accomplish the work. Tools, principles, truth, love.
6. Wasting on means giving up something of value for no gain.
7. It is possible to waste time on people. What that looks like is being with them and not putting into them what we know would be helpful. For example, listening to the same description of the same problem for the 17th time and not saying, “You know, this would help.”
8. I can’t always tell the difference between waste and invest.
9. I know that the difference ISN’T about productivity.
10. So as leaders we have to figure out how to be present with people, investing and not wasting.