I saw a word the other day that really bugged me. I think it’s because I see how it could creep into our culture as a church.
Velleity- a wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action
One of my greatest fears is that we allow velleity to be at play in our volunteer culture. I think it’s an easy road to get on. It’s easy to enjoy what we do, but not allow that to compel us to action.
I think we could easily morph into a country club culture. We love coming and hanging out with our friends. BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT THE CHURCH IS! We are the medium God has chosen to use to influence the world for His sake. Sure we love each other and enjoy the company, but that is only a by-product.
Let me give you some real life examples of velleity:
- I love the church BUT I’m not going to show up on time.
- I love the church BUT I’m not going to contribute.
- I love the church BUT I’m not going to go out of my way to help somebody else.
- I love the church BUT I’m not going to give my hard earned money to it.
- I love the church BUT I’m not going to invite anybody.
- I love the church BUT I’m not going to get out of my comfort zone and talk to people I don’t know.
- I love the church BUT I’m not going to be engaged in the experience.
- I love the church BUT I’m not doing anything I don’t want to do.
- I love the church BUT I’m not going to put in extra effort. That’s the pastors job.
I honestly believe we will never reach our full potential unless passion that leads to action is the dominant mentality of the majority. There is a term called critical mass. It basically means that once a significant portion of a group is on the same page then momentum, change and velocity is achievable.
You’ve got the right (ryyyee-eee-iii-eee-ite) to say no… to velleity.