Monday, January 14, 2008

Avoid Frustration

"Motivation without information leads to frustration." I picked that quote up somewhere, but I'm not sure where (I am pretty sure it's not original to me, though). Regardless of where it came from, it is very true. To motivate a person without giving them the information they need to succeed at a task is a very frustrating thing indeed. It is like giving a person a box of matches with instructions to build a fire, but without wood.

We must always be careful to avoid this trap in our churches. It is not sufficient to motivate people, they need to be motivated to accomplish a specific task and then given the information and resources necessary to accomplish tha task. Don't expect people to be evangelistic if you do not tell them how to do it. Motiviation s a necessity in the church, but not at the cost of proper education. Go, stir up the fire, but carry the wood with you as well..
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