ownership / possession
I've been contemplating the nuances of those two words most of the day. We talk a lot about 'owning' intangibles - vision, purpose, destiny and the like. It's all good - people have to have a sense that they are a part of the greater scope of things in a movement.
The snag is when healthy ownership turns the subtle corner to possession. Ownership says "I am responsible". Possession says "this is mine." The difference is huge, particularly as newcomers began to buy into the vision. Many can be owners, but only a few - perhaps only one - can possess a movement.
A small troop of committed, open handed owners will outdistance a tightfisted army striving for their own personal possession.
Need a prayer request? Pray all that gets a lot clearer by 8:30 and 10:45 Sunday morning.