PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING
In our family, we encourage our children to turn their passion into pay no later than their freshman year of high school. This desire led our oldest son to turn his love for computers into a network administration job at a church at the age of 16. It led our daughter to a massive summer swim lesson business.
When we first thought about our 14-year-old son offering piano lessons, our perspective was, “No one would take lessons from a 14-year-old. They’ll want an adult instructor.” We believed that he was a talented piano player. We even knew he was the top student in his instructor’s studio, but our false belief about what people valued in a piano teacher insisted that he’s not old enough. And this almost sabotaged him before he ever started.
Had we allowed that false perspective to remain, we would not have moved forward…and he would not have six students in less than six months, one of whom is much older than he is.
Perspective can change everything and it will play a significant role in your start. It can provide a view of a situation that can suck hope from the soul and slam doors for no reason. Or it can turn pain and questions into gorgeous sunsets and valleys.
At this writing, my daughter has suffered from one, long severe headache for almost a year. Numerous doctors later, they all converged on one non-life-threatening diagnosis. While their collective wisdom did not remove the pain, it did remove the fear of death. This new perspective on her condition ushered her into a new more hopeful hallway, with a defined destination. No more wondering what to do.
Without this new perspective, it would have been a lot more difficult to keep moving forward. But a new perspective changed the way we saw everything.
In our starts, the right perspective changes everything. The wrong perspective might make us avoid starting or even make us focus on the wrong things. The right perspective will give us courage. It might allow us to make the bold decision in the face of trials. And it might even help us face our fears with a faith in the God who walks with us.
This post is an excerpt from Seven Steps to Start.
BY BILL WOOLSEY
In order to reach new people, the church must start new. Seven Steps to Start is a practical guide for starting new. Whether that be new churches, coffee shops, a missional community, or a new small business, this book will guide you in starting strong.