I was asked to be the lead-off speaker of a popular regional leadership program earlier in the week. As I scanned the room, I saw mayors, bankers, elected officials, doctors and educators. What could I say that might resonate with this group of seasoned leaders?
I decided to focus on what I wanted them to forget.
1) Forget what others have told them about this leadership program. The class has a thirty year legacy, but I urged them to lose any preconceived notions about what they would experience over the next six months.
2) Forget their zip code. All our regional communities are experiencing similar problems. Only by working together could we improve the region.
3) Forget what they know about leadership. Study the materials, question the lessons and their classmates and be open to new ideas.
What if we pursued our study of the Bible with this same plan for 2018?
What if we were to clear our minds of outside distractions and preconceived notions and looked at God’s word with a renewed focus?
What if we attempted to study our Bible with new people? People that could challenge our beliefs and push us to focus on what’s true?
What if we were to set aside all unscriptural biases we have…and simply read and meditate on what’s printed in those sixty-six books of the Bible?
We might find new meaning in those inspired Words. We might discover a new way to think about our relationship with Jesus.
And best of all, we might find new, fresh inspiration for sharing God’s word with others.
My prayer this week is to be more intentional about my reading and studying of the Bible. It’s already a habit, but my focus could be better.
And let me know how I may pray for you.
God bless you.