Rob Bell in his 2016 book How to Be Here reflects,
“That question the blinking line in your mind or on your mobile device asks is:
Who are you to do this?
can keep you locked up for years, living in fear and doubt, looking over your fence or your shoulder, comparing yourself with the people around you.
But the first word about you is a gift, and you’re here and you’re breathing, and you get to take part in the ongoing and creation of the world. Creation is exhausting and exhilarating and draining and invigorating and it’s also a mystery because everybody sits down to a blank page.
Or a business plan.
Or test or experiment or meeting or deal.
Or a child or job or life.
Especially those who have done it before.
The more you do the work, the more you build muscles for that work. From shaping metal to forming paragraphs to arguing a case to doing research to making spreadsheets to arranging the parts for the violins to play to organizing staff to raising a child—you can acquire skills and then improve on them as you do the work year after year. This growing technique and expertise can help you create and build and act with more ease and excellence, but it cannot help you avoid the blank page.
This is true for rocket scientists and actors and doctors, and it’s also true for parents and people who work in restaurants and for your insurance agent.
Whoever you are and whatever work you do, no one has ever lived your life with your particular challenge and possibilities.
No one has ever raised that child before, even if you’ve raised two already.
No one has ever worked in that particular office before with its peculiar mix of personalities and challenges.
No one has ever taken care of a patient at this moment with these challenges.
‘You’ haven’t been attempted before.
This quarter we have an umbrella theme: Reflect, Restore and Reposition. These three terms give us the flexibility to dig deep into each concept individually or to explore all three as a part of a process, or a journey. Today we are going to do both.
I have two guests at the table today who will share how they individually and together successfully understand that some things do not fit in a lab, they will talk to our hearts, beyond where answers only move us one level down toward to understanding, to a place where hope and faith are built into the GPS.
Until next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.