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Five Focus Shifts for Today

Five Focus Shifts for Today

   Jessica Baxter
   28 September 2018


The start of a new season is a time for new beginnings, evaluation, and seeking vision for the time ahead. As we transition seasons from summer to fall it seems like a natural checkpoint to do some vision tending. For Children’s Cup, here are five focus shifts we are paying attention to today.

A Little Less Hustle

It seems as though this has been a year of the hustle—From coffee cups to Insta-posts, everywhere you looked there it was and with it the pressure to “do all the things” when really we want to “do the right things”. Our focus shift is focussing less on our output and more on our outcomes and doing them well. As an organization, we want to know we stewarded the time, talent, resources and opportunity we were given as wisely as possible.

Building Relationship

Children’s Cup has a Core Value that says, “The growth and wellbeing of the people we work with is as much our mission as the things we accomplish with them.” Even when focussing in on the “right things” we have to remember that keeping in step with those we lead through listening, relationship building, pausing when needed and caring for their development is just as important, if not more, as arriving at the end goal.

Hearing What God is Doing

Whether it’s launching a new country or another major decision we are an organization that seeks to be led by the voice of God. Building time into decision making to pause, reflect and give room to hear how God is moving in our organization helps us stay in step with the one who holds our future. His plans are better than anything we could dream up and we have big dreams!

Checking In

Andy Stanley said, 'Direction, not intention determines your destination.' In addition to building time in for strategic planning and hearing the voice of God, we have to build time in to evaluate where we’re headed. We have vision to see Every Child a Whole Child and while at times that can feel like eating an elephant, it’s done bite by bite. By setting quarterly benchmarks to check in on our progress and making sure the interventions we are using are achieving their intended outcome helps us ensure we stay on track to not only reach more children but also seeing it done effectively.

More JOY!

Our founder used to say “Hope’s name is Jesus” and that is a hope that we hold in our hearts. Every day we share this hope with children in difficult situations as we nourish not only their physical bodies but their hearts, too. While knowing their individual stories can often be hard, we have reason to hope because our confidence is in him. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13.

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