Numbers Driven

Mike Daughtery, PCA Parent and Board of Trustees Member

It is 8:55 a.m. and this time each day in my office I eagerly await for the nine o’clock hour. At 9:00 a.m. I get “the numbers.” I admit if they’re late, I get a little testy. These all important “numbers” too often dictate how the rest of my day, week or even month might go. Moreover, how these numbers trend may impact a whole range of people in various ways-including their incomes or even self-esteem.

We call these numbers our Key Performance Indicators or KPI. And yes, we obsess over the KPI status in the same manner the clueless boss obsessed over the “TPS Reports” in the movie “Office Space.”

The numbers have a purpose-of course. They measure sales, profitability, trends, effectiveness of our efforts and what our customers think about us (most importantly). It’s our daily status update, and we have trained ourselves to obsess over these numbers.

I have other friends who obsess about other things (that I have to admit I don’t really understand). I’m talking about the “Bookface” or the “Twittergram”…maybe I got that wrong, but I am amazed at the number of people obsessed with their number of “friends” and “likes.”

I saw a special report on CNN this week that reported some people check their status upwards to 90 or even 100 plus times per day! Wow! I’m amazed by the amount of time people spend trying to impress people they don’t really know or why they care what they think in the first place.

The question is, should these be the metrics that define us? Or said another way, what numbers drive you? As I think about important numbers, I am thankful I serve a Savior who is obsessed about “the numbers.”

“Those who accepted his message (about Jesus) were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day” (Acts 2:41).

These are numbers worth rejoicing over! As part of the PCA Family, I love that each January we survey our parents to get number reports like the ones reported this year…

257 Parents reported that their son/daughter became a Christian!

98 Parents reported that they became a Christian!

290 reported their children attend church more frequently (due to PCA’s influence)!

271 Parents reported they attended church more frequently!

These are numbers that are worth a “LIKE!” I pray we are reminded daily to focus on the NUMBERS that really count. NUMBERS that have an eternal impact.

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