Are you lost in a forest of details?

Have you ever been in a forest? One with huge trees with foliage so thick it’s hard to see the blue sky? If so, you know it’s easy in that moment to feel like the big world outside of that forest doesn’t even exist. All you can see is a myriad of trees, birds, and forest floor. Working in the details of keeping a church organized and running smoothly can cause us to forget the bigger “why” behind all the work.

If you’re a Type-A, detail-oriented person like myself, dealing with details is no big deal. We love creating to-do lists (and may even add an item we’ve already completed just for the satisfaction of crossing it off!). Working in the land of details (or the forest, if you will), can be a great use of our skill-set. However, it can also become overwhelming and discouraging if we lose sight of why we’re working on all these details in the first place.

If you’re at that place of “why am I doing this again?”, it’s time to step away from the details to think through the big picture.

What’s the vision?

We’re all seeking to win the lost and make disciples. However, what’s your church’s vision for accomplishing those goals? How do the details you’re responsible for support that vision?

What’s my role?

How can you best contribute to the vision and mission of your church? Are you making that contribution now? If not, why? Do you have the information, tools, and skills needed? Are you approaching burnout and need to take a vacation or cut back on some of your responsibilities?

How am I doing in my role?

Ask for the input and feedback of people you trust. Do they think you’re at your best or can they tell you’re exhausted? Sometimes when we live in the forest of details we can’t really see the issues we’re dealing with or the potential we have. Sometimes it takes the view of another person to help us up out of the details and up to see the bigger picture.

Your attention to detail and talent for organization can be an incredible asset to your church. Continue to grow your abilities on those areas. However, make the time to step away from the to-do list and consider the vision and purpose of those details. You’ll maintain a better perspective and may even realize some of the details aren’t necessary as a result.