I’m The Project!
Day 8 – January 15, 2017
I have an addiction. I’m addicted to projects. Show me something that needs to be done, and I will take it on. I have been this way since childhood. When I was twelve years old, I thought it would be great to be the supplier of eggs to our family, so I invested $5 to purchase six banty (small) chickens. Before we knew it, I had almost a hundred chickens, and our family had so many eggs that we were just throwing them out.
Later in life, in the early ‘80’s, I came up with an idea to get the gospel of Christ into all of the high schools in Prince Georges County, Md. So I took a youth group of about a hundred kids, and we held the world’s largest car wash…a free car wash, and we raised almost $70,000. Then I talked Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart Band (a great southern rock group at the time) to do ten concerts in one week in the high schools. We held five assemblies, one each day of the week in each of the high schools. Mylon and the band played, and we did an anti-drug program each day. Then we announced that Mylon would be doing a free concert each evening. In one week, we had thousands of high school students show up for these free concerts, and over three hundred young people accepted Christ. I had $30,000 left over after the event. That was exciting…right up to the point where the pastor took all the money and used it to pay down church debt.
I have dozens of these ‘project stories’ from my past. It’s how I’m wired. But there are a couple valuable lessons I have had to learn from these experiences, and my life has been directly affected by my ability or inability to grasp these lessons. Here are just a few thoughts from a project addict:
- Every Project Is Built On The Back Of Small, But Valuable Steps – No matter the size of the project, daily steps must be taken to ensure success.
- The Greatest Projects Are Carried Out By People Who Don’t Know What They Are Doing – These are people who live by the motto, Ready, Fire, Aim. They commit whole-heartedly no matter the cost, and every day is a new teacher.
- The Project Is Not As Important As The People – For goal-driven people, this may be the hardest lesson to learn.
- Over Time, The Completed Project Becomes Less Important Than The Journey – This is the one that took the longest for me to learn. The success of a project is secondary to the lessons learned on the way to that success. Those lessons become building blocks for life.
So what does this have to do with anything? Last week, I wrote about the value of prayer and fasting. This week I want to share with you some secrets to personal change. And I want to introduce you to a project that we all need to undertake. The Apostle Paul wrote about this project.
“So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to — the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy” (Ephesians 4:22-24 TEV)