With New Year’s just around the corner, it means people everywhere will be setting resolutions. Within one week, 25% have already dropped theirs, 2/3 have dropped theirs within a month, and only 8% actually achieve their resolution (source). Yikes. There has to be a better way.
On an airplane, they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others. That’s because if you pass out, you won’t be able to help anyone else. Taking care of your legitimate needs enables you to serve others.
I’m going to take you on a journey through my head, all happening fall 2010 to winter 2011, aka my conversion. Thankfully, I wrote all this down and posted it online for all the world to see, so now I can comb through it. It begins with a term I called The Snap. Eventually, it ended up being one of four terms.
On the Internet, we spend our time like a gambling addict spends money. We’re looking for the jackpot, not caring how much it costs to win it. We want to find the witty status update, the cool new video, the next awesome thing. Much like a gambling addict, we focus only on what we won, not remember how much we lost in order to get there.
“I can jump off a swing and go farther than anyone else,” brags one kindergartner. “Oh yeah? Prove it!” says another. The rest of the class gasps in shock. It’s a challenge. Not as big as a double dog dare, but a challenge nonetheless. So the first kindergartner marches over to the swing set and jumps, scanning the playground with a look that dares anyone to beat this distance. Others step forward, saying to themselves, “I can do better than that.” So they jump, falling short of the first jump.
A well-crafted question can be extremely effective, whether at teaching, persuasion, or striking up good conversations. I already wrote about the importance of listening, especially in evangelization, and about what a question is. Asking good questions goes hand-in-hand with listening. Both are essential to evangelization.
“You can’t go through that door,” said a voice.
The man at the door ignored it and stepped towards the door anyway.