Reflect on James 4:13-17
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This passage reminds me that ambitious planning may become an obstacle to getting closer to God. When my attention is focused on achieving greater things I forget to seek what almighty God, creator of all things large and small, wants me to do.
Evaluation of transformational development should examine motives behind development planning. Why did agency staff set particular goals for their work? What is the relationship between their personal goals and the way they work with community members?
Why did community leaders and others set the development goals in the program that is being evaluated? Is the primary motive to satisfy worldly ambitions or is it to bring members of the community in closer relationship with our merciful God?
Lord, help me focus my evaluation work on values related to your kingdom on earth. Amen.