Aug 22, 2018
In moments of difficulty, most people will cling to their past, become apathetic, disoriented, and cease to stop going forward in life, goals, and projects. Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark) ran into mountains on his canoe expedition to the Pacific Ocean in 1805. A heartbroken Lewis shook off his frustration, regrouped, led his team out of their canoes, reframed his vision, trusted his training and found a way to fulfill his mission. In the Bread of Life Discourse, Jesus asked the audience to see a new way to understand God. Many listening rejected this radical message but many were open to Jesus' shocking message of a loving God and eternal life through accepting him as a new "Bread of Life." Most things in life rarely turn out like it was planned and predicted. Ideas and new information challenge our views, perceptions, and beliefs. When reality stands in the way of our hopes, completing important work or reaching a final destination we have 2 choices. One, we can quit! Or, we can shake off the disappointment, evaluate the situation, relook at the intended plan, and be open to learning new ways of moving forward into uncharted territory. Instead of certain disappointment from falling short of your intended mission, when chosing a new path, you might be surprised by the outcomes and revelations that come from your courage and discovery.
> When your plans, hopes, and beliefs are crushed by reality and things seem out of your control you need to reframe your mission, let go of the past, be open to learning something new and have the courage to "figure it out as you go".
> Define your mission and core values. For Christians, it's having a loving relationship with God that is alive and ever expanding. Plus, we are to share that joy and love with others.
> The Church is rich in history, traditions, and time-honored forms but if The Church (or it's people) is not open to new ways of learning, growing, and connecting with others then we will see moments of difficulty.
Canoeing The Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory - by Tod Bolsinger
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