The World Cup–Lessons about Missions?

So, I’ve been watching a fair amount of World Cup this past weekend.   

And while watching it, I learned something about making a difference.  Actually I learned more than one thing.    And they apply to life and they apply to missions, to helping the poor, to helping the orphans of the world.

Straight Lines rarely work.   Watch the ball in one of the soccer games.   Rarely does it go in a straight line.    Many times it goes backwards before it can go forward.   Many times a team needs to send the ball backwards before it can go forward.    Many times the other team takes the ball and sends it in a direction you don’t want it to go.

Think about it…..

  • How often do the plans that a non-profit makes go in a straight line?    Rarely.    There’s a lot of detours, plans that have to change, reassessment of what works and what doesn’t.
  • How often do obstacles make an organization have to back up and take a 2nd (or third or fourth) look at the way to proceed?

If you are going to be successful as a soccer team, you have to be flexible, you have to be willing to work, to revise plans and to adjust to the realities of what is happening on the field.

If you are going to be successful as a __________, (repeat above)


The Main Thing need to always be the Main Thing – even in light of constant evaluations, reevaluations, adjustments and back tracking, it’s important, no actually, it’s crucial to keep the main thing the main thing.

What’s the main thing in soccer?   Score more goals and stop your opponent.

What’s the main thing?

Do no harm and leave the world in a better way than when you found it.   Use the resources you’ve been entrusted with to impact the lives of those who  need help.


Straight Lines rarely work, but always keep the main thing the main thing.

The World Cup and non-profit work – who would have thought…….


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