Joshua 1: 2 Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites.
The transition of leadership has taken place and without any hesitation and new vision is declared.
If you are in a crisis of nothing - then say something!
But what don't you say?
- In an effort to protect people from being terrified of the future, we sometimes say, "We will continue to do what we have always been doing." Well that was nothing - so you said nothing..
- "We will take 3 to 6 months to analyze our current position and get back to you on this." Dumb. The window that you have to do something will have closed. Now you will have to exercise A LOT of energy to reopen that window. Bad idea.
- "I have to say something - anything." Yes and no! Yes you have to say something, but anything isn't an option. You have to say the right thing at the right time.
Release the vision in steps. The first thing that I can tell you is if you tell everyone everything at once, that will usually end up causing a riot. "How can we do all of this?" "This is going to kill everyone!" "I am going to fail!" Release the vision in steps. In Joshs case it was simple. Get ready to cross the Jordon! How are we going to do this? We will deal with that later. How are we going to take the Promise Land? We will deal with that later. All you need to know right now is - we are headed in THAT direction.
The first declarations of vision and leadership should be designed to inspire and give hope. Sure they will cause questions. But the questions will eventually be pointed in the right direction. In Joshs case, the number one question someone might have asked was, "Which direction is the Jordan River?"
Tomorrow - New leaders have new vision.