Your experience with sticky notes is probably a lot like ours at the Cline home. We use them a lot around our computer desk…website information, memory joggers for user names, etc. But after awhile, the “sticky” wears off, and notes begin falling. Not all at once, just one here, and there. I put them back up, they come down, I put them back up…like a game between me and those sticky notes. Who will blink first? Usually it’s me, when I grow tired of the game and grab a piece of scotch tape! That’ll show em who’s boss!
I recently saw one woman’s idea of how to combat unsticky sticky notes. I caught part of an episode of the summer television show “Shark Tank,” where people with new ideas or products try and convince a panel of five millionaires to invest in them and their new idea. This woman had a device that would attach to a laptop computer, and notes could be put on it rather than on the screen or around the keyboard. You could even attach one of these to both sides of your laptop, doubling your sticky note space. When you were finished, fold the attachment in and close the computer. When you opened the computer tomorrow morning, your notes would still be safely attached to this device. Unfortunately, none of the “sharks” were willing to bite!
The vision of a church can be like those sticky notes. After awhile, the “sticky” wears off and the dream or vision is ignored. There are any number of reasons why the adhesive disappears from our vision. But one challenge is this: vision is a big picture of what we believe could be and should be, with God’s direction and empowerment–the picture of a preferred future. However, our lives are about right now, this very minute. We can be so consumed by the present that our vision loses its adhesive; it no longer sticks.
Our vision at RiverWalk is about being more externally focused, not limited by the boundaries of building or location. It’s about demonstrating, not dictating, God’s love. Making that vision stick when faced with the demands of right now, this very minute will be our challenge.
So here is a question: What other factors do you see as contributing to the erosion of a sticky vision? Any thoughts?