Simplicity at the Speed of Life
For those of you who are leaders, or not, and those of you who are running fast and needing to simplify (probably 99% of us!). Here is a great post from one of my favorite bloggers, Tony Morgan from New Spring Church (where I will be this weekend!) Enjoy!
The Age of Speed
Speed. On my way to Dallas the other day, I read The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World by Vince Poscente. Poscente is a former speed-skiing Olympian with an interesting perspective of speed in today's organizations. Here are some of the highlights from my reading:
* "With the boom in technology enabling us to achieve speed in almost every imaginable way, speed is no longer a luxury--it's an expectation. And the more we get, the more we seem to want."
* "Because we have finite lives and infinite imaginations, our demand for speed goes up in relation to what we have the potential to achieve."
* "More options lead to more stress--whether we choose to pursue them or not. When we have a lot of options and many decisions to make, our destinies become less clear."
* "Frequently, when we reduce the time it takes to do something insignificant, we end up using the saved time on yet another insignificant activity."
* "Part of Google's new hiring policy is to seek out overqualified people considered likely to be promoted multiple times."
* "Some kinds of clutter actually make you feel you're going faster, even as they slow you down."
* "By juggling too many tasks or allowing too many distractions, you condition your brain to stay overstimulated, weakening your ability to concentrate."
* "Some companies designate time each week, each month, or each quarter for work only: no meetings, no expectations for immediate response, no pop-ins."
* "Misalignment dissipates the energy of passion, but when people and organizations are aligned with an authentic purpose, they accomplish everything faster."
* "Simplicity is essential to--the foundation for--becoming aligned. It is nearly impossible to be complex and also be aligned and fast."
(Above post from Tonymorganlive.com)
It seems so simple, especially in our walk with God. We want everything so fast, so aligned, so proper, so in order. But God doesn't always work that way.
He is complex, yet simple: I am love, I am peace, I am truth.
Love like me, serve like me, live like me, pursue me, while pursuing others.
I make a mess of most things because of the speed I run life at...how about you?
Whether at our profession of WORK or our profession of CHRIST, may I slow down, to see the Father in all things the way He would have me to see Him.