On defined desires versus goals

I have found that with most people, and this includes myself, that when we say “goals” what we really mean is “desires”.

When we say something to the effect of, “Yea it’s a goal of ours this year to [fill in the blank]…” but we have no measurable outcome that I know of which we’ve decided upon so that we’d know this thing were fully achieved, then it’s actually a desire.

I am trying to correct this misspeaking in myself.

I’m not trying to correct this because goals are necessarily better than desires in any way. Many desires have accomplished far more than goals. In fact, I’m not even, yet, trying to turn these desires into goals.

Nope; I’m trying to correct this because meaning what I say and saying what I mean is important.

I think it’s a great start to even clearly just state and define one’s desires. This is farther than most people get.

This is especially true if you have a spouse (or most any partnership). Many unions have struggled because of poorly conceived or poorly communicated desires.

There is much power in a defined desire which becomes capable of being communicated well. If this is accomplished, goals will typically take care of themselves if they’re even needed.

Fit for noble purposes

When you’re actually fit for noble purposes, you care less that you’re seen as such.

Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. – 2 Timothy 2:20-21

If someone tells you you’re capable of, or even are, being an instrument used for noble purposes, it has to flatter you some. Yet, if it flatters you, then there’s still work to do.

The reality is that the more noble one becomes the less it matters to them that they are viewed as worthy. That’s how God’s kingdom works.

Those closest to the king are the most humble about being there. Knowing they do not deserve it. Knowing that the king they serve is so beyond them it’s incomparable, incomprehensible, and inexplicable.

And, this king, is the type of person that lays down his rights and royalties to be with his people. He even laid down his life to redeem his people who wronged Him. This is the stuff of true nobility.

So am I saying this all just because I know to say it to sound more noble, or because it’s just true and real in me? Well… yes.

On the concept of “team debt”

The concepts of “technical debt” and “team debt” are terms that the church and para-church need to borrow and learn from – asap.

I recently saw tweet with a link to this blog post: Onboarding And The Cost Of Team Debt

I don’t know who Kate is other than what she says in the article – she does software engineering – but I’ve been saying for years now that the church has a lot to learn from the tech world. So much!

This is a prime example…

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