Once there was a driver on the side of the road. Smoke (or steam) poured out from under his hood. The driver told passers-by that he had been very careful to watch the gas gauge and that it was nowhere near empty. What was his mistake?
Once there was a student who turned in her math test way before everyone else. She was so excited to finish first. Imagine her surprise when she got a failing grade. What was her mistake?
Once there was a quarterback who threw and threw and threw. He accumulated more passing attempts than anyone else in the league, even though his team kept losing. When he was cut from the team, he didn't see it coming. What was his mistake?
There are so many numbers to pay attention to. In life and in ministry.
Focus on the wrong numbers and you'll be sadly surprised by what happens.