Dear Windermere Friends,
I am a basketball fan. I had the chance to play at a small, Division IIIschool in Memphis. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t the major athlete. I enjoyed the discipline of working on something every day. I enjoyed playing on a team.
Recently I came across a book written by Jay Bilas called Toughness. Jay played basketball at Duke, a school known for its tough players. The premise of his book is this – hardness is not tough. Glass is hard but it can be easily broken. Toughness means something is not easily broken or ruptured. Rubber is not hard but it is tough. The best teams are the toughest; they may lose but they will not be easily defeated. They are tough and not easily broken.
I want our ministry at Windermere to be built on toughness. I am not talking about legal battles. I am not talking about personalities. What I am talking about is ministry for the Kingdom. What we do is way too important to be easily broken.
I want Windermere to be defined by its toughness. Here is the three defining characteristics of that toughness.
1. We will honor our Lord by hard work
I have come appreciate that serving at Windermere can be very exhausting. It is hard work to host up to 1,000 in a week in the hot summer. Some people could get brittle and hard, but Windermere folks cannot afford that. God is changing the lives of people every day at Windermere. They deserve a hard working tough minded team while here.
2. We will honor our Lord by serving together
I have come to appreciate the fact that no one person can do everything. In fact, if you were to look at any major breakthrough in history I think you will see that it was NOT accomplished alone. The ministry mandate I have always heard is this – we are better together. Windermere can definitely accomplish more together than we can alone. Together we spur each other on and collectively we make each other tougher.
3. We will honor our Lord by serving smarter every day
I have learned a ton while serving this past year. It is amazing what God is showing us. I pray every day, Lord make me a better leader, supervisor, teacher and person. Learning new things every day must be accompanied by applying new things you have learned. That is the only way to get smarter. Learning and applying. Once new skills are acquired, then we must form new habits. The toughest people I know in ministry are constantly learning and growing. I want that be the mark of Windermere.
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It is always a pretty day at the lake!
John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611