Sherri & I were on staff at a large church for a few years, I never will forget one of the first staff meetings I was in. There were some people causing problems in the church and as leaders we were discussing what to do about it. The senior pastor stepped up to the white board and drew two circles. One circle the size of a basketball, the other inside of the basketball, the size of a quarter. He then pointed to the basketball size circle and said “this is the church.” Then pointed to the quarter and said “this is the problem” and he asked this question. “Which one are you going to focus on?” “It hit me like wrecking ball”! HA!

I had been focused on the small minority of troublemakers, I was neglecting the stable solid people who really make up the majority and contributed the most. You know the people who are living their lives, contributing and engaged in making this world and the church a better place. They’re not whining and crying, their too busy doing something.

So rather than focus on the whiners and troublemakers, let’s build up the ones who are not causing trouble and whining. I bet we will get more accomplished if we do.

“He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.” – Proverbs 26:17 NKJV

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