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A New Frontier (The Bubble – Part 3)

Have you come to a conclusion on the answer to part 2? Our sociological environment has lead us into a  new frontier. Although we can’t include EVERYTHING in our bubble (since that’s the point of having one to begin with), we can now include practically ANYTHING. We have access to news and information from anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds. We are able to be aware of so much, if we only choose to be aware.

What will this new year find you including in your bubble. What issues and problems will you be aware of? What solutions will you be a part of?

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The Bubble (Part 2)

All of us live inside a bubble. It’s a psychological and sociological necessity. Like eyesight or a camera lens, things within the bubble are in focus and everything outside is slightly blurry. The bubble protects our tiny brains from overloading with too much noise and action, which could make it impossible to focus on anything at all. But sometimes – just sometimes – we let things stay out of focus intentionally because they’re scary, or unfamiliar or require us to take responsibility. If a problem is far enough away, we can pretend not to see it.

The question is, in our society today, can’t we choose anything in the world to include in our bubble?


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Mastering the Hypotheticals

We’ve been talking a lot about leadership because that’s what it takes to move people and create change. One person can’t create nearly as much change as a group and groups need a leader.

Leaders need to display two unique characteristics; sight and vision. Sight is the ability to see things for what they are and not just what’s on the surface. Vision is the ability to see what’s coming and what might be coming. A leader can’t lead without knowing which direction to go next.

This is why leaders are masters of hypotheticals. They have the ability to see what could be and move in that direction. Let’s all do an exercise in leadership skills. If you read this, please participate in the comments section. Hypothetically, what is one thing you would like to change in the world – one problem you would like to solve or group of people you would help – and, hypothetically, how would you encourage people to help you in your cause? Don’t ever be afraid of vision. It’s not daydreaming, it’s looking forward.

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Of Course You’re a Leader!

Some people feel like making big changes in the world is the job of leaders and leaders are the people who are in charge of big groups or organizations. Somewhere along the line there had to be an election or a town hall meeting or something. As if that were a prerequisite for leadership.

Truth be told, big changes are made by leaders. Leaders are people who bring others with them when they do something. The beautiful thing is that, in our society, anyone can be a leader. Years ago you had to be the President so that people would broadcast your ideas on one of the 3 networks. Today, from the President down to the janitor who cleans up after the town hall meeting, anyone can now spread their ideas and messages to a large number of people.

No movement or good cause has ever failed from a lack of followers. They fail from a lack of leaders. Dare to be the one who is called a leader. Or even the one who moves people toward something without ever being recognized as the leader.

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Charity in the Church

There are a huge number of references in the Bible to giving and taking care of people who have needs. We’ve been fortunate enough to be born in a nation that has so much and there is responsibility to see outside of our bubble and realize that we are accountable for the lives of others, as well as our own. Unfortunately, there are still soup kitchens who require people to take vows before they will feeds them and organizations who refuse to care for the poor if they can’t include a sermon plug.

A visiting minister from India made a very good point in my church a few weeks back. A starving person doesn’t want to hear a sermon, he wants to eat. Then he will want to listen. For many people the “good news” is that they get to eat, get to be healthy, get to be safe. This is the purest form of the gospel and the mission that many people in the church are leery about because it feels too political somehow.

There is the perfect intersection right now between the shifting sociological environment and the way the church is organized and connected. A network of millions of people who are all (ideally) in one accord and desiring to show love to the world can make a huge impact. Let’s become the ones who lead the way to the new philanthropy.

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