Striving for What Could Be (Part 2)

objectsMy graduate strategies professor taught us his proprietary method that is based on three questions, the first of which is, “What do you got?”

Though intended for secular and for-profit industries, I find the question rivetingly helpful when thinking about strategy in a ministry or non-profit setting.

This question forces me to look at the resources in front of me — personnel, budget, physical materials. And to look at the reality of them. My budget is limited to what my budget is. Period. In my office, “personnel” is me, not the 2nd or 3rd person I wish I could hire. Just me.

Interesting thing. As soon as I started looking at “what I got,” I started to see things that I didn’t realize I had. Plus I could see how different pieces fit together in ways I hadn’t expected.

That’s when the “could be” started to emerge. And all because I looked deeply into what I already had.

One thought on “Striving for What Could Be (Part 2)

  1. Terry Modica

    In God’s economy, nothing is ever wasted. Looking at “what we’ve got” is a valuable point. And what we’ve got usually includes things from the past that we’ve not used in awhile. Years ago, I worked in advertising, but the focus was so much on convincing people to be afraid unless they bought the product I was pitching (“Fear the toxins in your drinking water; but a water filtration system.”), I felt uncomfortable, since scripture say over and over, “Be not afraid.” So I quit, thinking I had wasted time and dishonored God. However, the knowledge I gained from the advertising field became a very important skill for the Lord’s work I entered into years later.q

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