Ten things I gave away today (Did you beat me?)

Today was just an ordinary day in many ways – the usual work of a pastor, some ho-hum, and some more unusual, some essential and some more trivial. But it occurs to me that in the course of today I gave something away at least ten times.

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Great-Giveaway-logo-box-color-2Today was just an ordinary day in many ways – the usual work of a pastor, some ho-hum, and some more unusual, some essential and some more trivial.  But it occurs to me that in the course of today I gave something away at least ten times:

Permission: “Could we try…” Yes of course!  What a great idea!  Let’s make it happen.

Ideas: “What about if we…” Well, here’s how I might do it.

Encouragement: “This has happened” Brilliant!  Thank you!  Does that charge you up, or leave you feeling a bit flat?  And if it’s the latter, what would give you a lift?

Resources: “We need do this…”  OK, let’s see how we can get you what we need to make that happen.

Attention: “This is a serious problem”  I’m listening.  What do you want or need, from me or from others?

Thought: “This is a poser – what do we do?”  I’m not sure;  let’s sit down and talk it through.

Reward: “I’ve done something above and beyond what you expected!” You certainly have!  How can I make the smile on your face a bit bigger?

Reassurance: “I’ve made a judgement call, and I’m not sure it’s the right one.” Talk me through it, with your reasons; in all probability I’d have done much the same and I’ll back you anyway.

Guidance: “What do you want me to do?”  I want you to do this; get back to me if the situation moves outside certain parameters.

Thanks: “Job done.”  And done well – everyone, look at what’s happened; thank you.

And tomorrow I might give sympathy, teaching, time…

By the way – I’m not claiming to be a perfect pastor here!  But I am preaching about theft on Sunday, so giving rather than taking is on my mind

What did you give away today? Pile in!

2 comments on “Ten things I gave away today (Did you beat me?)”

  1. My immediate response is, “Can I come and work alongside you, Chris?!”
    My follow-up response is, “Can I see the same dynamic at work in me as a leader?” Thankfully, yes, by God’s grace. One example, which seems to be a recurring theme at the moment, is to give away CONTROL. I’m not sure that I discern this perfectly on each occasion, but several times I’ve been given a bigger glimpse of God’s kingdom as remember, “Thy will be done” and not “my will be done”. And in the process, I’m noticing greater gifts in lay leaders around me than I thought possible.

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