Duck Hunting

"You don't have to get all the ducks to have a good hunt.

 

It's obvious to anyone who ever spent a day crouched in a duck blind: You don't have to get all the ducks to have a good hunt. A returning hunter focuses on what they bagged, not what they missed. A good duck hunter might miss dozens of ducks and still bag "the limit." Duck hunters who focus too much on those missed won't last long in the sport. With just one shotgun, and scores of ducks flying, you are bound to miss plenty even when youíve had a great day. Leaders have to be careful of focusing on "missed ducks." No leader gets all the ducks. Neither do golfers, or quarterbacks, or ministers.

 

Some pastors come home from church every Sunday and start that depressing game of tallying who was missing with their spouse. They are focusing on "missed ducks." Brooding about people who didnít show up, who missed the announcement, didnít pledge to the capital campaign, or didn't vote for renewing your pastoral call are missed ducks.

 

Leaders focus on the ducks they bag, not those missed. Jesus was such a leader. He missed the rich young ruler. He missed most of the people in Nazareth. Even after being with him three years he missed keeping Judas. In fact Jesus once saw more than 5,000 people abandon him in one serviceómissed ducks. But Jesus focused on those he kept. And He built a church which was unconquerable by the gates of Hell with the ducks He bagged. He even told a story to correct the perspective of people too concerned about the ducks they were missingóit was about a sower and seeds and different kinds of soil. Different story, same truth.

 

So, what do you think?

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Keith Drury December 20, 2011
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Original 1984 recording: http://www.drurywriting.com/keith/strategetics/leadership/35.mp3