Do you have a better idea?
American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village
when a little boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small
boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The businessman complimented the
fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to
catch them. The fisherman replied only a little while.
businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more
fish? The fisherman said he had enough to support his family’s immediate
needs. The businessman then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of
your time?” The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with
my children, take a siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each
evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos; I have a full
and busy life, señor.”
businessman scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You
should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat.
With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats;
eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling
your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the processor and
eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product,
processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal
fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York
City where you would run your expanding enterprise.”
fisherman asked, “But señor, how long will this all take?” To which the
businessman replied, “Fifteen to 20 years.” “But what then, señor?” The
businessman laughed and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is
right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the
public and become very rich. You would make millions.” “Millions, señor?
Then what?” The businessman said, “Then you would retire. Move to a
small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little,
play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the
village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar
with your amigos.”
The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, “Isn’t that what I’m doing right now?”
love that story! The fisherman had already developed a full life, but
someone else with a much bigger ego thought he could improve on how this
man worked and lived. He couldn’t.
are a lot of smart people in the church — some also with big egos —
who are constantly trying to re-configure how to “do church” from the
model we see demonstrated in the New Testament. They have brilliant
sounding strategies and methodologies. But for the church to
authentically and effectively be the church, we always wind up coming
back to the original model found in scripture.
plan was right the first time. Instead of spending so much time,
energy, and resources trying to improve on His plan, perhaps the church
would benefit more by simply executing it instead of tampering with