I don't know if you have ever struggled with leading the vision and ministry that God has given you. But, I can tell you that I have every single day. The reality is that I am now carrying the largest vision that God has ever given me. At times it seems daunting, and even impossible. But, because I am a very driven, ambitious and even egotistical person who will stop at nothing to accomplish my personal goals, I don't give up. (I am working hard to allow my ego to die, and God's grace to increase in my life. I'm a work in progress like most folks.)

I often have a tendency to take God's vision and make it my personal goal...and that is not good! That may seem like a faulty statement to you...but I can tell you it is truth. Making God's vision my personal goal is not the reason God gave it to me. God gave me His vision so that I could better understand what He is doing in and through my life.

When I assume the vision as a personal goal...Then all of the sudden I become the hero in my story. I begin to internally believe that without me, the vision cannot happen. I even begin to believe that what God wants to do, cannot happen without me. In reality, I am saying that God is not good enough Himself....He needs me to accomplish His plans. Nothing could be further from the truth!

God has chosen to give me the chance to be a part of what He is doing. He is the Hero in my story. After all, He died to save me and loves me even though I am screwed up. How in the world could I be the hero in that scenario. God has graciously given a messed up guy like me the chance to be part of His plan and work, and it impacts my life!

So how do you and I keep ourselves in check in this department? Very easy, check up on your perspective. I do that with a simple phrase, and you can use this phrase too.(Rearrange it to accommodate the vision God has given you, of course.) It will help remind you of God's place, and your place, in the vision.

"God has chosen to build Uncommon Church in Austin, TX, and He has invited me to come and watch him do it."

After all, it's God's church! He will build His church. Jesus said that to Peter...He told Peter that through him He would build his church. He did not say Peter would build it! God will build your church, through you. But, He is the hero, He is the builder and we are the audience!