America’s Invisible Children: Good to Great!

by Joseph Parker

Have you thought about this before: what is the difference between good and great?

Have you read Jim Collins book, “Good to Great” yet? If not, I highly recommend it. While it was originally written to help businesses, he added a pamphlet to go alongside the book for those working in the social service fields after realizing most everyone reading his book was coming from that field.

An astounding comment he makes in the book is, “good is the enemy of great.”

Not because “good” is evil or bad, but because as humans we can tend to settle for good, simply because it is not bad.

Good limits us from stretching oursleves to seek greatness and excellence in all we do.

So then, what is “good?” What is “great?”

As a Christian, called to serve the “widow, the orphan and the poor”, here is my thought:

Good: No Child Left Behind

Great: Deuteronomy 6

As Christians, we are called to greatness; to do all we do with excellence (1 Corinthians 12: 31, 2 Corinthians 7:4, Phillipians 2:29; 4:8, 1 Timothy 3:13, Titus 3:8…and the list goes on).

While an argument can be made (and I am one of those that have done so) that NCLB is not perfect, there are a lot of GOOD things it is doing…but as Christians, is it enough for us to settle for this?

For all the “good” it may be doing, should we be settling for a system that is government centered and government funded?

Are we just settling for good?

Should we not be seeking ways in all we do that the local-church is the center of all that is happening in a community?

The Lord God Almighty has called us to do everything with greatness…with excellence!

Can we truly do this through funding, and government centered thinking, that limits us in our ability to truly be effective in reaching kids and their families with the gospel of Jesus Christ?

To truly reach America’s Invisible Children (i.e., those children so often forgotten and falling between the cracks), we must be willing to make the local-church the center of our communities, not the government agency; we must be willing to make sacrifices and live amongst and with these families for the long haul.

Greatness, for a Christian, is to follow the Lord’s way, not our limited way.

This will involve total and complete dependence on Jesus Christ. We CANNOT do it without Him.

Without Christ at the center and heart of our service we cannot achieve true greatness and excellence in reaching the results we desire to see.

P.S. Visit our post made a couple weeks ago, Invisible Children prt 2, to get a better idea of what I am talking about.


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