Sunday, July 1, 2012

TRAIN WELL


#8 of 10 ways to reveal your heart of faith when faith feels like little more than a leftover.

Compressed for Twitter:

#8 Equip for the unknown. Our toughest challenges and biggest opportunities aren't yet on the radar screen. Train well.

Decompressed for context and comment:

When our four children played soccer competitively (one still does), I became a student of the game.  I noticed a tendency in most athletes to play to the level of their match opponent instead of utilizing skills, principles and intensity that reflect what is best in the game and would prepare them for success at higher levels—whether on the field or in life’s myriad arenas and seasons.

Of course, we have our hands full with our immediate challenges.  But while we’re tackling obstacles or seizing opportunities of the moment, why not try to engage them with an eye and heart for something deeper and beyond?  Today’s barrier, approached carefully and creatively, can become a bridge over which we and others readily advance to meet and overcome tomorrow’s more substantial barriers.

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them," said Albert Einstein.  We tend to get by, by hook or crook, and be satisfied that we survive or gain a bit of ground.  Too often, we employ make-do tactics, rely on stale thinking and apply coercive power.  These might have served us in the past, but they sabotage what is needed for our critical challenges ahead.  The Apostle Paul implores: “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

What we do with our capacities when no one is watching matters much.  Every ability and gift deserves investment for full development.  Training--in a combination of exploring to new information, physical discipline, spiritual exercises, and the rhythm of solitude and community—makes all the difference when challenges come.  Training is a life-long discipline; it may matter even more as one ages.

It takes an element of faith to move forward, to go deeper, to reach higher, to become more fully alive.  Without it, we tend to get stuck, repeat the past, become agitated with ourselves and blame others.  With faith, we respond with our whole being to an invitation to move toward something—though unknown—which beckons us toward fullness of life.


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Read all 10 actions (in Twitter's 140-character format) that can reveal your heart of faith when faith feels like little more than a leftover.

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