Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Learning from the Best

Man...this week has gotten off to an amazing start.

On Monday, I had the opportunity to meet Andy Stanley, one of the most gifted leaders and communicators in the country. Andy is the Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church, and a best-selling author of many of my personal favorite books. He came to speak to our staff, as well as a few church planters that NorthStar has been instrumental in helping to launch over the past year or two.

Instead of delivering a "canned" message, Andy did something a little different. He shared with us some of the most profound quotes he has personally heard or read in his 11-plus years at North Point. These are quotes he has taped to books and bookcases in his office - words that fuel his passion for reaching people who don't yet know Christ.

Perhaps my favorite quote he shared was one he heard recently in a presentation to the board of Crown Ministries: "When your memories exceed your dreams, the end is near."

How profound! The danger of accomplishment, Andy said, was that people spend far too much time talking about the past. It paralyzes people. They cannot move forward because they are still patting themselves on the back for things they may have done a decade ago!

The real issue here is keeping your feet (and your mind) moving forward. It's great (and necessary) to look back on our lives and recall God's victories through us. But, there's no "rewind button" in life. And, if we're living in the past, we'll lose touch and relevance with both the present and the future!

I met another amazing guy on Tuesday...I'll share about that experience in tomorrow's post!

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