In the movie Heat, a thief named Neil McCauley, played by Robert DeNiro says, “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”
The Heat can take you down.
The heat can stop you and your mission in its tracks.
In this case, the “heat” are those seemingly great opportunities, great ministries, and great ideas that you need to drop. Those ideas that look great, but you need to walk away from.
The heat can be those ideas that once worked, but now don’t. Those ministries that once served a mission, but no longer fit.
The heat can be a great opportunity to do amazing work, but that would require you change your vision or mission.
Neil McCauley, is his own way, is reminding us we’ve got to be able to walk away.
If a great opportunity or a great ministry does not fit your mission, then the answer should always be, “Thank you, but no.”
Leaders must not only have the vision, the should have a burden for the vision.
...therefore I have set my face like a flint… Isaiah 50:7
And this burden should include the resolve to say “No” or to walk away from situations or opportunities that, at best, do not match the vision, and, at worst, distract from or prevent the vision from coming to fruition.
But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man. Matthew 16:23
Leaders need to be able to walk away from opportunities, ideas, and ministries or they themselves risk becoming followers.
One of the defining characteristics of a leaders is that he or she knows where to go. They know they way. They see it. They have the vision.
They know the difference between what is truly sacred and what is not, between what should never change and what should always be open for change, between ‘what we stand for’ and ‘how we do things.’ ~ Jim Collins
The vision and the mission provide direction on what to do. But not just what to do, but what not to do.
When the heat is on, you need to be able to walk away from bad ideas, outdated ministries, or opportunities that don’t fit with your vision and mission.
The art of Christian Leadership is knowing what you are attached to and what you can walk away from.
Because if you don’t…the heat can take you down.