We lead with vision.

We guard our hearts against becoming reactionary.

Proverbs 29:18 (NASB) Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained

We make it better

We guard our hearts against an attitude of “it’s good enough.”

Matthew 25:25-27 (Msg) “Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent. The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least?”

We mess with the methods

We guard our hearts against the thought of “we’ve never done it that way before.”

Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

We keep it simple

We guard our hearts against over complexity and busyness.

Luke 9:1-4 (Msg) Jesus now called the Twelve and gave them authority and power to deal with all the demons and cure diseases. He commissioned them to preach the news of God’s kingdom and heal the sick. He said, “Don’t load yourselves up with equipment. Keep it simple; you are the equipment.”

We need to know

We guard our hearts against being secret cliques and under-communication.

Ephesians 4:25 (Msg) “What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.”

We’re all in

We guard our hearts against an attitude of “that’s not my job.”

Galatians 6:2 (NIV) Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

We guard our culture.

We guard our hearts against division & hypocrisy.

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

We make each other look good.

We guard our hearts against gossip and being publicly critical.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

We replace ourselves

We guard our hearts against selfish ambition.

2 Timothy 2:1-2 (Msg) So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. Pass on what you heard from me—the whole congregation saying Amen!—to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others.

We never waste a crisis

We guard our hearts against being overwhelmed by problems.

Romans 8:37-39 (NIV) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.