On a nearly daily basis I’m reminded that in order to reach the widening 60% (who will never be reached with the attractional model) we will need to rearrange priorities. No doubt this is true for almost all of us.
Tripping across a great line from Gary Hamel’s Competing for the Future, I remembered what it felt like to be in an environment that was completely locked in the past. “Every company is in the process of becoming an anachronism, irrelevant to the future, or the harbinger of the future.” Ohhhh. I want to be a harbinger, not an anachronism.
Looking down at my desk I noticed another quote I’d written down…this one from Ralph Waldo Emerson. “There are always two parties, the party of the past and the party of the future; the establishment and the movement.” Ahhhh. I want to be part of the movement!
I write so much about the keys to grouplife at crowd’s edge…and I know that some of you are pushing hard against the prevailing culture, fighting years and decades of aligning priorities with the needs and interests of insiders, instead of those still far from God.
Don’t give up. Persevere. Keep your eyes on the edges. Never forget that the most important thing is to cultivate the ability to see life from the perspective of those who have not yet found God.
I know that’s easier said than done. And I know that it takes persistence. And…I know that there will be many who can’t see the world the way you do. Which is why I found this quote so inspirational:
“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” Angela Monet (quoted in On the Verge by Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson)
Inspirational? Absolutely. May you always hear the music…and dance.