Without the aid of digital technology, the more copies of copies that are made, the more distorted the image becomes. In printed documents, lines become blurry and detail is lost. In audio recordings, lows, mids and highs run together. The sound becomes muddy, “hiss” is heard in the background. Before long, the original is nearly unrecognizable.
It’s been said of the typical family business:
The 1st generation employs.
The 2nd generation enjoys.
The 3rd generation destroys.
The same can happen with a leader’s vision. God puts a fire in our hearts. We recruit others to help us carry it out. And it can begin to degenerate from there.
So how do we keep from watching the vision that God gave us melt away into something that is only a shell of its former self?
We are commanded by God to involve others in fulfilling the vision:
II Timothy 2:2 (NLT) You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.
But how can we be assured that, when we share the vision with others who may help to accomplish it, it doesn’t get watered down? We have to keep the original from degenerating, from blurring.
Seriously, I would love some feedback on this. Shoot me some ideas. I want to know how we share what God has told us with others who will do the same, all without dulling the edge.