In the March/April 2009 edition of K! Magazine I talk about five things that I have learned and in some cases still learning. Here is number seven:
Quitting Is A Good Thing
What? Quitting is a good thing!? Have you lost your mind? Yes, quitting is a good thing. No, I haven’t lost my mind. Quitting is a great thing IF you know WHEN to quit. Have you ever hear of the saying “too much of a good thing” (or something like that)? As young leaders when we think of an idea if we’re not careful we’ll run it into the ground until it’s dead. For example, we’ve thought of some pretty cool things to do in our kids ministry. I remember we started doing this certain slime game. It was the coolest thing. All the kids loved it–it was great. However, we did it so much that kids started getting bored and it was no big deal. Had we paced ourselves and brought it out every now and then, it would probably still be a good success.
Sometimes we have to quit the good things to make time for great things. Sometimes we have to quit those things that we’re really not called to do, but we like to do them because we’re too stubborn or prideful to admit that God hasn’t called us to do it, for those things that God has called us to do. Maybe you just started working on a project, but deep inside you know you’re not supposed to do it–quitting now (early) is the best thing you could do. Great leaders aren’t quitters, but great leaders know when to quit.