New is not better. New is different. We have the tendency to think that our turn at the helm navigated the ship of our ministry into its most unique ports. While that sounds good, it is a limited view of God and the future. Something about God is new each morning, and so are the ports of call he has planned for those who will follow you in this assignment. 

Our pride wants to enshrine our season as being the truly unique one in the history of a family, a church, or an organization. We all want to feel that our investment was of value. While we all contribute value, our contribution is still only one ingredient in the larger recipe. 

Someone is being positioned to follow you. Honor them by allowing them to step forward without having to wear the garment of your reputation and faithful history. Let those who follow you sew their own garments. 

(An excerpt from the book, A Good Place)


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