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What You Don’t Know Will Kill You

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If you don’t know your priorities, other people will control your schedule.

If you don’t know your boundaries, people will take everything they can get.

If you don’t know your limits, you’ll burn yourself out.

If you don’t know why, you’ll do more and accomplish less.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, get some training.

If you don’t know your people, they’ll abandon you when they get hurt.

If you don’t know how to say no, you’ll end up doing everything … and quite poorly, I might add.

If you don’t know your students, they won’t trust you.

If you don’t know your strengths, everyone will know your weaknesses.

If you don’t know your weaknesses, you’re stupid.

If you don’t know your purpose, other people will help you know theirs.

If you don’t know your vision, neither will anyone else.

If you don’t know your gifting, you’re missing an opportunity to grow.

If you don’t know your blind spots, you need more honest people around you.

If you don’t know your senior pastor, you’re headed for trouble.

If you don’t know the last time you opened your Bible, you’re in the wrong profession.

If you don’t know your anniversary, you only have to forget it once to remember it the rest of your life.

If you don’t know, ask somebody who does.


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Josh Griffin is the co-founder of Download Youth Ministry and the one of the leading voices of youth ministry online. He’s written a few books but cares mostly about resourcing youth workers. Check out much more at Love God, Love Students blog at and on his Twitter @joshuagriffin.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the YS Blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of YS. 



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