Monday, March 13

Responsiveness

What is one of the most aggravating things about being a missionary? Well there are many, but surely one of the most frustrating is something all of us live with and that is the lack of response we so often get from the people God has given us to work with.

How often we organize events, call people, set up meetings, leave messages, send emails, pray, plan training events only to end up waiting for people to respond who never do? It is such a personal disappointment, and is surely the source of much frustration causing us to "reconsider our call" about 20 times a day!

I wonder how God feels at our unresponsiveness to His Word? How He feels when we don't bother to spend time with him? When His Spirit impresses us to do something and we ignore it and go on our way?

One of the bloggers I read often is Jon Dale's "Chasing the Wild Goose." Today he links to an article by Michael Hyatt on the Secret of Success. While coming from a secular viewpoint, this is nevertheless a GREAT ARTICLE that will bring a big AMEN! to your lips.

The key word Michael looks for in people is: responsiveness...

What's the secret to your success? As a CEO, I get asked this a lot. And, I'm always a little embarrassed by it...I received an email from one of my readers. He [asked]... If you had to boil it down to one thing, Mr. Hyatt, what would you recommend to a young, aspiring person such as myself?"

I'm not sure I could boil it down to one thing. Life isn�t usually that simple. But if I really, really had to boil it down to one thing, I would say this: responsiveness.

So many people I meet are unresponsive. They don�t return their phone calls promptly. They don�t answer their emails quickly. They don�t complete their assignments on time. They promise to do something and never follow through. They have to be reminded, prodded, and nagged. This behavior creates work for everyone else and eats into their own productivity. Sadly, they seem oblivious to it...
[read the rest of the article HERE.]

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Guy,

I do not know if it is good to know or not that unresponsiveness is not limited to the 10-40 window. It drives us to distraction here.

Gary Snowden said...

I remember well the frustrations at times on the mission field with a meager response to lots of effort to promote an event, but your comments about how God must view our own lack of responsiveness to Him are certainly convicting. Thanks for the good writing and the challenging thoughts.

egnaro said...

Wow!!! That'll preach!! Think it sounds like something Henry Blackaby stated when he said that we should look for where God is working and join Him in His work. Off we go into the wild blue younder chasing where He is not working.

Blessings,