When I first heard the term “War Room” I instantly liked it. The thinking is that as we make war, and as the dust settles, we need a place to ponder our next steps against the forces we face. It’s a great term, but is it an accurate description of what we are up to?
In life overall, and especially in the Church, it is easy to talk ourselves into thinking we have already met all our goals – that we won the war when we haven’t yet fought in a war.
Minimize the maintenance – what you have convinced yourself is “War” but it isn’t?
When we ponder our need for money – to keep the lights on and the carpets clean, it’s easy to fall into the trap that war is an option that we’ll get to one of these days.
Maximize an outward focus in your life as well as your church. It will become what you are and where you are headed.
Drop the requirement that you will always succeed.
There is little in the Gospels and the Book of Acts that shows any guarantee of success. Rather, most of the time it boils down to a willingness to live out the approach to life, “Ready, Fire!, Aim.”
Clarify the unique look of success in your part of the world so you will know when you’ve scored.
Drop the thinking that to pull off a true “Outreach War” requires high levels of training.
Sometimes the word “Planning” is code for “Ready, Aim. Ready, Aim. Ready, Aim” – perpetually training, but never actually pulling the trigger.