The Habitude of Barn Building is all about figuring out what is most important and doing that. In years gone by, a family would buy a piece of property and the first structure to be built was the barn. The barn housed all the animals, which made it possible to live. The barn housed the meat, eggs, and dairy. It was the most important structure because without it, no one could live.
The goal of this particular Habitude is to find what the most important ONE thing is and focus on that until it is complete. Everything else needs to take a back burner and all of your effort needs to go toward the thing which will sustain you.
My critical transaction for The Oak House is to Prove God’s Love. If we don’t rent a single room, if we don’t sell a single cup of coffee, I must always remember that our primary thing is to Prove God’s Love.
I get distracted from this because I have such a business mindset it is easy for me to forget that making money isn’t the main goal. The main goal is to love on people.
Ministry is messy. All kinds of people show up. Even the people who seem normal end up with problems you would never expect. Ministry would be easy if it didn’t involve people. But if it didn’t involve people, it wouldn’t be ministry.
On a 1-10 scale, I am about a 6 on this principle. I drift easily during the process of building. The one function that will make or break me as a leader during this construction phase is I have to remember to play choir director and NOT the flute.
The critical transaction for The Oak House is to make an investment in people. The thing that makes us money is room rentals and coffee, but revenue generation isn’t the big picture.
As I work through my next book for the year (#18 unless I finish another one beforehand), I will be journaling my answers to the book “Habitudes: Images that form leadership habits & attitudes”. This particular book is the 3rd in the series. You can read the other posts in this series here.