When we are traveling somewhere new, the car is seldom a happy place. My husband and I are both alpha direction finders and givers–and of course, well…my directions and MY way are always right! (odd that he has the audacity to this the same thing!) We will duke it out, and make our case, going back and forth about the merits of our different plans, and eventually…ultimately…find our way. But not without a little pain, and almost always, we learn something.
John Wesley, the founder of the denomination I work within, often suggested through his preaching, but also through his practices that he believed the Holy Spirit (or if you’re reading this blog and are not comfortable with the word “Spirit” use inspiration, a Higher Power, etc.) works best to bring wisdom, creativity and guidance when minds and hearts are joined in a collection of individuals rather than one person trying to act as his or her own brain trust in isolation.
In what ways are you asking for help in your field when you get stuck? And what makes you and I afraid of that prospect? Is it the way we might be required to change if we actually had to listen to another person give their perspective? Is it hard to admit at times that you can’t do it on your own?
What would your project look like, feel like, become…if you invited a team to consider–
Your business plan?
Your speech or sermon?
to Evaluate what we have accomplished?
Isaiah 43 selected “Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”