A humbling thought came to me today as I’m now three weeks into my new pastoral position at Brooklife Church – my window of opportunity may narrow from here. Sure, spheres of influence typically grow over time if you prove trustworthy and capable with the opportunities in front of you. Or as Jesus put, “He who is faithful with little will be given much.” The converse side of it is this: the more opportunities you botch the less opportunities you’ll be given.
In a new job at a new church, I’ve been given a blank slate. By-in-large, people will participate with changes I bring. If things turn out well, people will probably trust me with more. If it turns out I’ve discerned poorly, my window of opportunity narrows. Human nature hangs a lot on first impressions, leaving very little to second chances.
Let’s just say I’m praying a lot about my first decisions.