Oct. 13, 2015

Get up and move!

It is one of the saddest observations one has to witness.  The unraveling of any relationship typically causes tremendous pain and horrible discomfort for those forced to be around the experience.

Whether it’s a marriage, a company, a church or any type of longstanding relationship, watching things fall apart is difficult. I’ve seen strong marriages come unhinged within a matter of months. I’ve witnessed churches once in their prime take a downward spiral. I’ve worked for companies and organizations that have rich histories but fall apart in a short period of time.

The Bible teaches that pride comes before any fall. It is certainly true in the case of sin entering the world. Adam and Eve had everything going for them, but became too big for their britches – well, not really since they didn’t wear britches – but they thought more highly of themselves than they should and along came disaster.

The first indication trouble is lurking is when people become lazy and comfortable. Every human relationship takes time, effort and energy. When convenience overrides growth, disaster is pending.

How do we prevent it? The first step is to continue talking to each other. Anytime we build silos or one group/person thinks they know better than anyone else, decay sets in. It’s hard to mend anything that is broken when people stop talking about the issues and close their eyes to the problems.

Another thing I have witnessed is people often take something, like a marriage or a church or a longstanding business, for granted. They assume it will always be there. They assume they don’t have to really work at making anything successful. The saying, “rest on one’s laurels,” refers to sitting back and depending on past achievements to carry us through. It’s impossible. Failure lurks when indecisiveness and lack of vision takes over.

The Bible says that people without a vision perish. Marriages without a vision perish. Churches without a vision perish. Organizations without a vision perish. Healthy relationships are always in forward motion and never swim backwards.

If you aren’t moving, you aren’t growing. If you aren’t growing, you’re dying. If you’re dying, it’s just a matter of time before your lack of effort takes over and puts the final nail in the coffin.

Think about it. Talk about it. Do something about it. Remember, Moses was told to tell the people to stop praying and get up and M O V E!