There are three human conditions that hamper my work with people more than any other: denial, laziness and cowardice.
I have no tools for denial. I simply walk away when someone with high levels of denial won’t engage in reality.
I have very few tools for laziness. I won’t carry someone who is lazy, nor will I own the responsibility to invent a life strategy that allows them to go far without breaking a sweat. I will put some opportunities in front of them and let them move toward them if they wish.
I have some success with cowardice. The problem is, I am not sure how it happens. I just know that a modest number of people, who a few years ago were opting out of almost all ministry because of their fear of man, the devil, God and almost anything else, eventually began to show a modicum of courage.
It is intriguing to see a few grow into a place of courage. It is irritating that I don’t know what I have accidentally done right to help them along. Wish I could distill it, bottle it and juice a few more people, a lot faster than I am doing it now.
That said, courage is a topic I will be visiting repeatedly this year. It won’t be a weekly theme, but it will appear as often as I tease out a new thread.
I grieve over the consequences of lack of courage in the Body of Christ. Lack of courage keeps people tied to the Blessing your Spirit book instead of crafting custom blessings for their family.
Lack of courage keeps people talking at another person’s spirit, instead of engaging in productive dialog.
Lack of courage keeps parents from asking their young kids if there is another spirit in them – an AHS.
Lack of courage keeps people in a dysfunctional relationship since speaking out about it will cost them a lot.
Lack of courage keeps people from exploring their design and walking in it.
All of that is sad.
But what really cuts deeply is the loss of dignity that people feel when they know they have choked and not done what they could have. Shame is a cruel companion.
So the question on the table for the immediate future is “How can we get to a place of courage?”
I don’t know of anyone who set their heart on being a coward as their life goal. We end up there accidentally. What would it look like to chart a course toward courage and to grow it incrementally in our life, like any other discipline?
I have no clue.
But I will be gnawing on this big bone in the months to come. Welcome to my focus for 2015.
Copyright January 2015 by Arthur Burk
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