A Little Secret About How We Can Easily Change Our World

A Little Secret On How We Can Easily Change Our World

Years ago, I found myself at a book club in Colorado Springs listening to a lady complain about her church. She was really passionate about Liturgy and her church had not implimented this into their services. I could tell it was really important to her as she proceeded to share about her poetic writings.

I saw the connection. She found the need and could fill it but was instead complaining about it. So, I told her this, and she pondered it. And then, she agreed. She was the best person to resolve the situation and was now inspired to take action.

When I look around the companies I work with, I hear people complain about the problems around them, but they stop there. I see people across Facebook complaining and criticizing leaders and others, but yet there is no drive for them participate in the solution. It's as if we're waiting for permission or direction to make our world better.

Here is the secret.

We have as much authority as we're willing to assert on a local level. We don't need permission or direction to make our world better.

We can just do it.

If we want to transform our household, we can. If we want to build up our community, we can. If we want to change something, we can do it.

When we all start to realize this, we'll stop looking up to leaders to do stuff for us, and instead we'll look to each other to make our share of this world better.

So what are you waiting for?

You know the problem, go implement a solution.

Three Ways We Can Respond To Those Who Offer Their Help

Three Ways We Can Respond To Those Who Offer Their Help

Every year, our church hosts its services at the park for Easter Sunday. 

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a parking attendant. Part of this included helping carry guest's food and stuff to their destinations and an offer to park their vehicle in the larger lot.

After the experience, I recognized an interesting pattern of how people responded to my offer for help.

Some of the people I offered to help actively resisted it. In many of these cases, they clearly needed the help, but they adamantly declined while they were dropping things and struggling with their children.  Seeing the difficulty, I'd offer multiple times to help, but many were firmly committed to doing it themselves. I found this draining and demoralizing for me as the one offering the help. As a result, they left a negative and memorable impression on me. While I disliked helping these people, I knew they still needed to be served and loved.
The second pattern I noticed was the group of people who accepted my help but were fairly apathetic about me helping them. When I offered to help, they looked at me like a deer in the headlights. They said yes without much emotion or excitement, and I quickly forgot about them. 
The third pattern I noticed were the people who accepted and embraced my offer to serve them. The more I helped them, the more excited they were to receive. They expressed their gratitude and were happy for the help. The more excited they got, the more I wanted to serve them. Their response and my immediate impact in making their lives better were energizing. These were positive & memorable moments, unlike my experience of those who resisted. 
The next time someone offers to help you or give you a gift, which way will you respond? Will you resist, be apathetic or genuinely embrace it?

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Blind Visionary Seeking Vision

Have you ever experienced a time in your life where the gifts and abilities you have, malfunctioned? I am in a season where a gift I was so familiar with now seems too far from me.
I am a visionary. I see into the future. I am able to forecast how things can play out as well as the conclusions of certain pathways. I am able to see what is likely to result.
It was a gift, but without understanding, it could distract me from being present. I had a hard time being in the moment. 
And then, this gift of vision seemed as if it was gone. For whatever reason I couldn't see forward. On the road to Damascus, the Apostle Paul lost his vision when he met Jesus Christ. From that point on, his life transformed. He spent three days blind before God restored his vision. Being still and praying was Paul's only option. 
He had to wait. I had to wait. As I waited I realized what had contributed to losing my vision. 
There is an Ipad game called Zombie Highway. The intent in the game is to drive as far as possible without crashing or having our vehicle flip. Our car can crash by running into debris in the road or, it can flip over when there are too many zombies on our car.
To be successful, it requires us to look forward instead of at the zombies. Their presence is distracting and it causes us to focus on them instead of the road. In most cases, the zombies never hurt us or flip us over, they just distract us and cause us to crash.
There are a lot of zombies on my car now. There are too many for me to handle on my own. I need help. 
My help has given me glimpses of the vision I have temporarily lost. Others tell me what is ahead, when I can't see it. My community has acted as a make shift set of eyeballs for this blind visionary. Where I can't see, they can. Where I can't direct, they do.
They push me forward with encouragement, direction and counsel. They help me to steer and knock zombies off my car.
We can't do this journey alone. In many seasons of our life, we need others to help carry our burdens. 
In this season of life, are you being helped by someone or helping others?

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