An old drunken man was wandering down by the river where a pastor was baptizing people from the local church. The pastor said to him “Are you ready to find Jesus?” The old man said “yes” and went to the pastor, where he was dunked in the water. The pastor pulled him out and asked: “Have you found Jesus?” The old drunk said “no.”
The pastor once again dunked the old man, holding him under for a few more seconds this time. Raised up and coughing, the pastor asked the old man again “Have you found Jesus?” Once again he repeated his answer “no.” Getting frustrated, the pastor now held the drunken man down in the river for almost 30 seconds forcefully raising him up and yelling “Have you found Jesus?” The drunk looked at him and said: “Are you sure this is where he jumped in?”
Well, we all would assume that the drunken man knew he was to be baptized, however, that’s not always the case.
As school leaders, it is important that we double and triple-check our clarity and our communication with others. Sometimes it seems so obvious to us, but when people are not in our heads, or in our thought processes, maybe they are not looking at it like we are, or understand completely as we do. Make sure people understand what the goal or initiative is and certainly what it is that we are looking for.
Continue to go out and do great work in your schools and community.