It is so easy to get distracted by things that seem worthwhile. The challenge is to get everything in balance. That is why planning is so essential. One problem with planning though is that it takes time. That has been my problem this week.
It started with such a simple task. It was time to update an old website so that it worked as I intended it to work. The first question though was given all the changes in recent months what was that website supposed to be doing.
Remember how little children play the why game with you? Why do we do this? It is like this. But why is it like this? Well, it is because of that? But why is that important? Remember the exasperation and the deep thought that sometimes went into those answers. It must have been someone who had looked after a child that did this that developed that concept into a method for looking at all the various layers of a situation.
I asked the why question on a few layers of that website. It was not just the website that needed updating. The whole concept behind what the business that was showcased by that website needed updating.
Tuning into God’s desires to create an effective plan
Experience has shown me that the best way of doing things is God’s way. He is able to assess all the factors that go into a decision far better than we ever can. Being all-knowing makes it so much easier for Him to come up with the right series of options.
The problem is tuning into what God wants us to do. One way I have done this is to ask a question and then allow God to find a way to give me an answer. That answer could come via journalling or a dream. This time this was not enough. I was desperate to get this right.
There is a saying that is used outside the church that I have found is true within it as well. It goes that when the student is ready the teacher turns up. I was ready to learn a new technique i.e. a new way to approach God to ask for help.
I did not know it but the answer to that idea came as a result of something I had done a week or two earlier. I had bought online access to a conference but my internet connection had not worked very well so I had to wait for online access to the recordings. One thing about having a limited time to watch a video is that it is an encouragement to watch it hence I tried watching them while trying to work out what to do with that website.
The speaker on the first talk is known for their teaching on the Courts of Heaven. If you do a search for You videos by Robert Henderson on the Courts of Heaven you will find at least 2 series of videos on the topic.
One thing I have discovered about Christian teaching is that there is a limit to how many beads or pearls there are in the bible. However, there is no limit to the way people put together those beads or pearls. I have listened to Robert Henderson and recognised many familiar pearls from scripture yet the way he has put them together adds a new dimension to Christian teaching.
If you have not guessed from the term Courts of Heaven he has developed a whole series of teachings that describe how we can use the idea of the Courts of Heaven to deal with the accuser of the brethren. The idea is to deal with the legal rights of the enemy to hold us in captivity so that we can be free to do what God wants us to do.
The main way that we do that is to repent of the things that the enemy says disqualifies us from having what God wants us to have. Once we have recognised our errors and dealt with them the adversary has no right to stop us. In fact, once we have done that, God can then give a verdict that stops the enemy in his tracks so we are set free.
One of the aspects of that teaching is that God has written down everything that we are supposed to be doing in the books of heaven. Revelation says that those books are sealed until they are opened by the intercession of the saints.
The talk I was listening to as I was trying to sort out this website was about the importance of reminding God the judge in the Courts of Heaven that we wanted to serve His purposes and build His reputation on earth. Another aspect of this was to ask God to open the books in heaven. You see once the books are opened the contents can be read by the spirits of men and repeated in prophecies, dreams and journalling.
For someone like me who sees things in concepts and images, this teaching makes a lot of sense. OK, It might not to you because I have just given an outline of 5 or 6 hours of detailed teaching.
It started as trying to think through how to remodel a website. It ended up trying to get God’s help to remodel an entire business. OK, many things had changed since that business had been set up. The changes included:
- a geographical shift that meant this business was operating in a different micro-culture with different people
- a technology shift that came about after realising that there was were better software solutions than the software that was being used in the early stages
- a legal shift that meant that new rules relating to taxation had been introduced that made things that once were relatively easy to set up into very difficult to do if they were going to comply with the law
The one thing that had not changed was the vision. The way to bring that vision to reality had changed but the vision itself had not. The vision had been received after the documentation describing the purposes of the business had been filed with the regulators. The added complication to this remodelling is that it is a social enterprise and as such has to have a community interest statement.
The original advice was to make this legally binding document as broad as possible. I am not sure if that was good advice as it has made it hard to focus. All that fuzziness made it so much harder to achieve very much and to persuade anyone else of the value of what the business was doing.
Having a broad target made it hard to write the annual report that explained to the regulators how the business had met the aims listed in the community interest statement. Whatever was written, it looked as though little had been done in comparison to the aims.
Lesson learnt. Time to rewrite the community interest statement. This time it will be more detailed and based on what has been learnt on the journey so far. It is not just the regulator who uses that statement to reflect on the effectiveness of the social enterprise but God the judge and our adversary do this as well. All the more reason to make every effort to get it right this time.
Thankfully it is not that difficult to change. It does not cost much either. It is just a question of getting on with it and getting it done. Once that is done it will be so much easier to work out what the website is supposed to do. Once that becomes obvious it will then be possible to set up a website that helps this social enterprise go where God wants it to go.
Strange how chain reactions work isn’t it.