One of baseball’s greats, Yogi Berra, passed away last month, making it a sad time for anyone who follows baseball. I grew up hearing about Mr. Berra along with other baseball greats like Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Roger Maris and Whitey Ford. My mom to this day is a huge Yankee’s fan and grew up listening to their games. She would tell my brother and me stories about the plays they made and would of course, like most any mother, compare their playing abilities with mine and my brother’s. We knew there was some hyperbole in her words regarding our abilities, but we appreciated the sentiment.
As many of us may, know Yogi Berra was known for his unique way of explaining the world and many news sources after his passing posted some of his top quotes. One of the top sayings of Yogi was, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” A profound statement from someone who never thought of himself as being that way. The reason this quote resonates with me at this time is due to the fact that we have just launched a new fiscal year with a new plan. We have been careful in our planning and we know where we are going and are seeking God’s guidance and discernment to get us “there”.
The plan I am referring to is the ministry plan that was developed by the staff during the last few months of the fiscal year. The ministry plan outlines our ministry goals for 2015-16, as well as TriPoint, Logsdon Seminary and Great Hearts allowing us to have a roadmap that we can reference throughout the year to ensure that we are meeting the goals set before us and to avoid “…too many wrong mistakes,” and that will allow us to take the fork in the road when we come upon it.
There are a lot of similarities with baseball and church and succeeding in both requires significant planning, a good strategic plan, and a whole lot of prayer and grace. In both, there are a lot of players involved with many different abilities and backgrounds, all taking different paths to get where they are going but all with the same goal in mind. We are looking forward to a great new ministry where we succeed with God’s love, direction, and grace.