30 Things I Never Get Used To

Today my air conditioner went out. It will be repaired in a couple of days so it could be worse. However, it reminded me that even though I’ve lived in Georgia for over 40 years, I have never gotten used to the heat and humidity during our summer months.

As leaders, I know there are things we should never be expected to get used to as well. Things that create a holy discontent.  Things that keep me awake at night:

  1. I never get used to leaders who serve themselves rather than others.
  2. I never get used to people sitting on the sidelines of our churches and society and not volunteering.
  3. I never get used to the exploitation of children.
  4. I never get used to seeing people society has seemed to have forgotten like the homeless.
  5. I never get used to politicians of any party who clearly have an agenda other than serving their constituents. 
  6. I never get used to hearing grown men tell me they are unemployed.
  7. I never get used to people who are rude to waiters and waitresses (especially on Sundays). 
  8. I never get used to meeting abandoned children
  9. I never get used to leaders who knowingly lead people astray.
  10. I never get used to those times when my wife and I are in a disagreement
  11. I never get used to conflict
  12. I never get used to my daughter crying for any reason. 
  13. I never get used to people leaving their spouses
  14. I never get used to failure
  15. I never get used to feeling like I’m not good enough.
  16. I never get used to things breaking down.
  17. I never get used to greed.
  18. I never get used to the large number of children who need government assistance to simply eat a school lunch.
  19. I never get used to children growing up without a father in the home. 
  20. I never get used to a church’s vision going unfunded and unfulfilled. 
  21. I never get used to churches having a declining attendance.
  22. I never get used to families who stop going to church.
  23. I never get used to young people who stop going to church when they go off to college.
  24. I never get used to moral failures by religious leaders.
  25. I never get used to lay leaders at churches shutting down the plans of pastors.  
  26. I never get used to illiteracy.  
  27. I never get used to churches having generational gaps
  28. I never get used to aging parents who are sick.
  29. I never get used to leaders who squash the spirit and dreams of others. 
  30. I never get used to people entering into a Christ-less eternity.

This is my very transparent list.  You may not have a problem with some of what I’ve listed.  If so, feel free to talk about it.  But as you are discussing it, also tell me what you never get used to.

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About Brian Dodd on Leadership

I am a church stewardship and leadership consultant for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. This blog combines my personal passions of church, sports, pop culture and family into a single leadership resource. I trust your time on this site will create conversations and add value to your life.

2 Responses to “30 Things I Never Get Used To”

  1. Great list. A couple that come to mind for me:
    – I never get used to advertisers using sex to sell me things.
    – I never get used to thinking I have all the answers and finding out I don’t (read humiliation).
    – I never get used to the bad relationship I have with my Dad.

    • John,

      Thanks for the notes and additional thoughts. Your website purecommunity.org is fantastic! What your doing in the lives of families is palpable. I look forward to speaking with you again.

      Brian

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