A few years ago I heard a quote at a leadership conference that changed me. It was something like this…
“If you were to die or retire and someone came into your organization to take over as the head leader, what would be the first things they would change?”
Wow. What a question! I’ve been part of a lot of organizations that roasted the key leader. Everyone had their opinion about what the guy or girl at the top did wrong. And if they would just do a few things differently, we’d be much better off!
In that conference I realized that the person who would be roasted at OneLife if I didn’t continually ask this question would be – *gulp* – me!
So routinely we look at where we are and ask a similar question. Currently, I’ve posed this question to our staff guys and key leaders:
“If we could start all over again, what would we do differently?”
And guess what. Whatever the answers to that question may be, that’s exactly what we’re going to do! Because if we find ourselves talking more about how great it USED to be back in the past rather than how great it WILL be going forward, we have lost our vision and will soon perish (Proverbs 29:18).
Then it hit me. The same is true in everyday life. If I died and my wife got a better husband, what would he be like? If my daughter got a better dad, what would change? If my employees had a better boss, how would he treat them? If our church got a better pastor, what would he do differently? If someone could come in and be a more devout Christ follower, what would they give to Jesus?
That thought process is a game changer, because reality about Jesus is this: HE is our chance to start all over! It’s not about what we do or how hard we try to be better or do more. So give it up to him. And ask HIM, if I could start all over, what would be different? Then don’t just sit there. Go do it. Go start all over.