Rich Dixon helps us understand where to pay attention.
Last time I talked about MAJORS AND MINORS.
My friend Jeff’s story about a bungled home improvement project offered a great illustration. A broken pipe couldn’t possibly escalate to a broken marriage, right?
His thesis, delivered in his quirky British accent: “We must major in the majors and minor in the minors.”
Of course, as soon as we create categories, two questions arise.
- What’s a major?
- Who decides?
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Cyclists care a lot about bike jerseys. They must be comfortable, attractive, and cost-effective. We spend a lot of time and energy designing them.
Someone always wants a different color, fabric, or style. But once our jerseys are done, they’re done. Nobody in our community makes a fuss about the jersey.
Jerseys are a “minor.”
We exist to create community. We want to create experiences that foster deep relationships and encourage people to follow Jesus.
We’ll stop a ride to pray with someone. If an individual is struggling, someone says something. We’ll completely change what we’re doing if that’s what’s required. Community is hard.
Community is a “major.”
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Jesus decides. Our goal is to focus on and come together around the issues Jesus talked about and died for. Those are the “majors.”
I’m not naïve. Our team isn’t isolated from the issues that divide so much of the broader culture. But we’ve made a commitment. To Jesus, to the kids at the Home of Home, to our teammates.
…let us throw off everything that hinders and…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
To work hard at, but never be divided by, the minors.
To be united as we follow Jesus and pursue the majors.
To be grateful for grace and second chances when we fail.