We talked about Jesus and his mission this morning at our staff meeting and this tree with real strong roots came to mind. Perhaps those of us who lead ministries might learn from a tree when thinking of the mission of Jesus. I remember a pastor once saying, “want to grow something fast, grow a mushroom…want to grow something that lasts plant an acorn.” Really, ministry is like a tree. The wind actually makes the tree stronger. Drought forces the root system deeper and farther to sustain life. Oh, the mushroom is impressive if you have no sense of time or no brain at all.
Are we too impressed with mushroom-like church growth, personal growth today to be patient for the tree that has structure to actually last?