Posted by: Diane | June 22, 2013

OVERFLOW! June 22.2013

The day finally came … and went.  We never got to go trail-riding.

For the past six months, I’ve been trying to arrange a date that everyone in the OVERFLOW! group could get together and do some serious horseback riding. Today was the day but thunderstorms stopped that action so yet again,  our plans were thwarted. At first, I was really disappointed but when I thought about it –  who wants to be on horse when he slips in the mud and loses control? Not me!

So, instead of saddling up, we sat down.  We plunked ourselves in Linda’s living room, drank tea and caught up on each others’ lives. After about an hour, we decided to head out to a local Mexican restaurant and feast on tortillas, refried beans, guacamole, burritos, tacos and chimichangas, until our bellies were bulging.  

Then we headed home to talk again.

This time, I brought up an important issue.  How long does OVERFLOW! meet?  This is my point – if OVERFLOW! has “had its time,” we need to move on. I’ve seen too many ministries just continue on because “that’s what we’ve always done” and in my opinion, that’s not a good reason to stay together.

Being involved in OVERFLOW! is a year-to-year commitment, to be reevaluated at the end of each summer. It’s not one of those “thank-you-for-getting-involved-and-we-will-assume-that-you-will-continue-on-indefinitely-because-we-need-you” kind of situations that you see so often in Christian circles. I believe that people need to be motivated by passion, not guilt.

So, I facilitated a very open discussion about commitment and release.

It turns out that everybody feels quite strongly that OVERFLOW! needs to continue and that there is so much untapped potential that needs to be explored…but that’s not the point.

When it’s time to let go, it’s important to let go. So often, we hold onto things way too tightly… not embracing change but strongly resisting it.

That’s the reason that ministries like OVERFLOW! need to be Spirit-led.  If it’s time to pack it in, then that’s exactly what needs to happen. No one owns another person.  No one is indispensable. No one needs to continue on with responsibility beyond their commitment because “there’s no one else to do it.”

If no one has the passion to continue, shut ‘er down. When it comes to honoring God, it’s not the man-made stuff that has staying power, it’s the God-inspired ways.

Every ministry needs to be held with an open hand…and released when it’s had its time.


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