I have worked on a simple question for months. As simple as the question was, getting the answer is not. “What do you need?”
The scope of the question is understood. The people that need to express a view are clear. The source data to form a view has been gathered and is on the table for all to see. I would like to write that I methodically searched using disciplined methods to lead the team to the answer. The answer is quite different.
First, I gave up on leading others to the answer. I tried one framework then another. I brought in experts that could relate to the team and held group meetings as well as one on ones. After repeated attempts, styles, and approaches I gave up.
Second, I asked for help. “Tell me your story. Tell me how it works.” The question was repeated with those who were in the know. I honestly wanted to understand their viewpoints. I sensed that if I asked with a desire to hear, they would sense my openness and allow me one or two questions.
Third, in an open window, using their words, images, and logic, I asked three questions.
Did you know…? Now that you do, what do you think? What could this look like?
Everything changed in our short conversation. We joined sides. What were his and mine became ours. A dialogue with one opened a door of hope for many. It is easy to slip into them and us. After all, we know. Without knowledge of the other, we know. We think we see it all but Life reminds me that at best we only see what we can see. There is more.
“What if God could save all?”
“God saves only his children, us.”
“What if us was we and God was big enough to figure out how to save everyone?”
Wow. Novel idea. It’s God idea by the way. Said another way, “God’s king takes the trophy; God’s chosen is beloved. I mean David and all his children – always.” (Psalm 18.50)