It’s Good Enough For Me

paradigmI have a daughter-in-law who likes to play Boggle.  It’s a game where you shake 25 dice until they are all lying flat in a tray.  The dice are covered with letters of the alphabet and everyone playing has 60 seconds to find as many words as they can.  The trick my daughter-in-law showed me was after about 30 seconds, when everyone was struggling to find a few more words, she would rotate the tray so we could all view it from a different angle.  We are still looking at the exact same letters but now, we could see words we could not find before.  That’s a paradigm shift.

I love it when people can see things from my perspective.  I feel an instant bond.  It’s great when people agree with how I see the world.  But if I only associate with those who agree with me about everything, how will I ever grow?  How will I ever help anyone else to grow?

At church if I only associate with those who think just like me, I don’t understand why everyone else can’t see things the same way I do.  What’s needed is better communication:  cross-cultural, cross-gender, cross-generational and every other kind of barrier crossing we can do.  We must be willing to get out of our comfort zones and get to know people who are different than we are.

The end result is we learn, they learn, we change, they change and together we come to a better understanding of how to live in community.  Jesus has created unity among everyone in his body.  He has given us the task of maintaining it.  That’s why it’s vital that we get to know one another and share this new life together.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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  1. avatar Lee Anne says:

    One thing that’s helped me talk to different folks than I normally do is changing seats! Since the elders and their wives rotate the area where they stand for family prayer time… we have been rotating our seat as well! It’s been great to talk to folks I don’t usually see and meet some new people too!

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