Each Monday, we take a look at the Awaken Code. It not only defines who we are as a church, but it provides practical thoughts for all of us when it comes to Christ-like living…
Code Pt 10
We can’t please everybody.
We encourage input, but our main objective is reaching people with the Gospel. We unite behind the pastoral vision, structure, and leadership set forth by God’s Word, regardless of negative criticism.
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” – John Lydgate
We can’t please everybody. Pleasing everyone is a losing battle. This is a necessary thing to remind ourselves of periodically, so we stay laser-focused on Who we exist to please.
We encourage input, but it can be hard to receive. When we allow our pride to be wounded from input or feedback, it can stand in the way of forward progress. Something that’s not evaluated won’t improve. Input and feedback from those closest to us are necessary for us to move forward. When receiving feedback, remember everyone is entitled to an opinion. At least listen to what they have to say. Try hard not to get defensive. Breathe and listen. I’ve found that sometimes the most hurtful people are the most honest because they’re not afraid to hurt your feelings!
Our main objective is reaching people with the Gospel – as individuals and as a church. We unite behind the pastoral vision, structure, and leadership set forth by God’s Word, regardless of negative criticism. This is the most important part of the this piece of the Code: unity. “We can’t please everybody” isn’t a push for division – it’s a rally call for unity. There are many things that could divide us, but we have to choose to stay united.
Thank God we can have unity in the midst of diversity! You will disagree with others, but you don’t have to be disagreeable.
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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