For those of you who don’t share a faith perspective, I hope you can find a nugget or two in this post.
In my podcast listening today, I heard the last half of Steven Neff’s sermon The Indispensable Word at College Wesleyan Church.
He talked about what happens when someone comes to faith. It’s not a mental decision. It’s not a moment of emotional ecstasy. It’s a moment where the stuff of God – the Word of God – transforms the human heart into something completely different.
He’s an extremely good communicator. While I’m sure he could care less how well known he is, I believe his voice should be one in that is heard in the evangelical community… but I digress.
My point is not to talk theology.
It’s to talk about how any of us come to a point of change. While a ton of self-help and personal growth literature would tell us that we have all we need inside us to make the changes we need to make, I don’t know if I buy that.
I think we need input. We need influences. We need others who can drop knowledge, perspective, and new ideas on us so we can change in areas where we need to change.
Right now, I’m working on a bathroom project. I’m not a construction guy, but the job requires some complicated (to me) steps.
I can stare all day at the bathtub surround, at a loss on how to prepare the walls for tile. Yet it only takes 5 minutes for someone who has done this work before to walk in and know exactly what to do and coach me up.
In a lot of areas of our lives, that’s exactly what we need. We can stare down the barrel of a problem that we don’t quite get. The right person with the right experience and knowledge can walk along and completely change our perspectives or abilities to get things done.
First, you have to identify the area in your life where you want to see change happen.
Second, you need to be open for input.
Third, you need to find the person who has just the right stuff to help push you through the change that needs to happen.
We can’t always get it done by ourselves. We all have blind spots and areas where we’re ignorant.
But if we’re open to it. If we don’t feel the need to be the smartest person in the room, then we just might receive that one thing, that one ingredient, that could revolutionize our lives or our work or any area where we need to see change happen.
Reading & Listening Today
This was a great little podcast. Dan reminded us to get the goals done for 2015. I’m needing to set some time aside to work on this.
This webinar convinced me to make good on what I promised myself for the conference I’m currently attending: find people to interview. It will, at this point, be for blog posts, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be a bad thing.