What We Can Learn From Bristol Motor Speedway
I am not a NASCAR fan. I turn races on and watch a few laps almost every week, but I do not watch entire races. I know who wins the races and usually know where they are racing.
However, there are a few things about NASCAR that I am fascinated with. I love the teamwork and how it takes the entire team to perform. A NASCAR win is something that you can rarely attribute to one individual.
This week it was announced that Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN, would make changes to their progressive banking. In other words, they are going to flatten the track a little bit.
Perhaps it’s been the economy or perhaps it’s been the track changes. Whatever the reason, attendance has been dwindling since the changes Bristol made to its track in 2007.
The owner, Bruton Smith, could have been stubborn and stuck with his changes. Give him credit. He decided to make changes based on feedback from the fans. He wants to give them what they want.
We can learn a lesson there, can’t we?
We, as individuals, cannot afford to remain the same. We must be willing to change. We must be willing to grow and adapt. I’m not suggesting changing our values. However, there are times that we just have to stop what doesn’t work and move on to something better.
It’s the same with our churches. I’m not saying go with every passing fad or fancy. I don’t mean compromise the Gospel. But we can’t really sit back and do church like it was done in the 50′s, 60′s, or even the 80′s or 90′s. Church then was even done like it was 100, 500 or 1,000 years ago.
We can’t be afraid of making changes because “we’ve always done it that way” because it hasn’t always been done that way. Take a chance. Take a look at what needs to be changed. And change it.
What needs to be changed in your life or in your church?