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Have you ever noticed how easy it is for us to be our own worst enemy? Too often, we sabotage ourselves without even realizing. We think we are moving through life – or through ministry – doing all we can to prosper and grow. But, if we are to look closely, most of us would find that we are unconsciously creating quite a bit of “drag” for ourselves. We have bad habits that keep us from being as productive as we could be, wrong thinking that has pointed is just off center of our desired target, and a tendency toward incessant busyness that has robbed us of our full potential in key areas of focus. This drag on our system is almost imperceptible to us. But when an onlooker points it out, we begin to realize what we could be accomplishing if it weren’t there. Only in reflection of our potential do we recognize the truth of our current reality.

What would the church look like if we all got serious about our focus? Imagine if each one of us made a commitment to concentrate only on those things that strengthen the body of Christ individually and as a whole, refusing to get bogged down with distractions that quell our effectiveness. What if we eliminated all the drag? What kind of church would that be?

Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups by Nelson Searcy; p.39