Monday is for Discussion
If I am driving down the road and my wife and I look at the gas gauge and see that the needle is approaching empty, my wife will say “Honey, don’t you think we should stop and get gas?” (A question with an implied exhortation.)
When she does this, it does me no good to say, “That’s your reality. My reality is that we have enough gas to go another hundred miles. I’m going to ignore your question and deny your reality because I don’t like your implied exhortation that I need to do something at this time that I don’t want to do.”
My experience with declining churches across the country is that they consistently have a problem recognizing their own (dumb) behavior.
Make sure as a leader that you are willing to look at the reality of your situation and make adjustments according to the real facts not the facts as you wish they were. Remember the counsel of Solomon.
If the clouds are full,
. they pour out rain upon the earth,
and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north,
. wherever the tree falls, there it lies. (Eccl. 11:3, NASB)
We have to deal with life the way it is not how we wish it was.