My favorite downtown building caught my attention last week from the post office parking lot. The crowning widow’s watch turned on my imagination. The building needs an occupant. I do not know why God doesn’t just hand me the deed and a monthly stipend to maintain it with its cobblestone alley and lovely side porch where you and I could meet for morning coffee and afternoon tea. When it is warmer!
Donald Miller writes in one of his books about going to a Robert McKee STORY conference. It changed his life. Miller now uses what he learned in that conference to plot marketing campaigns for clients like Lincoln automobiles. When Amazon told me they were recommending the book Story by Robert McKee I ordered a used copy. The seller emailed me an apology that the book was not “Just like new,” as advertised. If I wanted it he would take $5 off the price. He said there was a stain. I can almost always read past a stain. So it arrived with no visible stain, five-dollars cheaper and the author’s autograph and inscription: “Write the truth.” It feels to me as if God hand-delivered the book to me as a Christmas present.
So, I want to write as much truth as I can as we look at 2015.
I have been to the widow’s watch in that building. There are forty-two beautiful, highly polished steps (with rubber treads) on the curving staircase. I think I could see 2015 from there. One thing for sure, I have seen how we are to approach 2015 and wring out of it all God intends. Not everyone gets to climb those stairs. Only those of us who have the key to the front door and are willing to sweat the climb. The key that opens the door: Being intentional. Isaiah 43:18-19 gives us access to the advantage.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up, do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
Do not dwell on/in the past
If you were like the founder of Panera’s (in my December 29 blog—Emotional Revenue Streams) https://journeybend.wordpress.com/ and found that yesterday’s successes or failures are holding you back, what needs to be cut loose? What resolution, forgiveness, embracing, dismissing needs to happen?
This is a call to monitor and perhaps change your thinking and self-talk. Those two unrestricted habits have the power to lock you in the past and lock away the future that expands your influence and probably your happiness and satisfaction.
God is doing a new thing
At your convenience, take 27 minutes to consider Andy Stanley’s message: http://northpoint.org/messages/this-one-thing. What is your “wall”?
Marketing guru Seth Godin says, “Worldview…refers to the rules, values, beliefs and biases that an individual consumer brings to a situation.” Another way of saying that is to consider what story you tell yourself about why you are where you are today.
- What is your perception—how are you explaining life as you are experiencing it? What’s your story?
- From what and whom did you build your current worldview—rules, values, beliefs, biases?
- To comprehend the “new,” will demand a change in some part of your perception. The new is springing up. It should be visible. What is blocking your view? You cannot solve the problem with the same thinking that caused the problem.
- Who will help bring clarity? Who is not enamored or affected by the past you are attempting to “forget”? Does the person(s) have an agenda for your future? Do they share your core values?
Utilizing the resources
“A way in the desert, streams in the wasteland.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 says three things last. Faith, Hope, Love. Your advantage grows as you utilize faith, hope, love.
Join me part 4 of 2015—The Chosen Advantage
©2014 D. Dean Benton—Writer, Wonderer, Provoker