The conversation started on an odd note.
“I am not sure why you are here. Do you have an agenda? What do you need from me?”
“Interesting question. I am here because you asked me to stop by when I was in town and give you a briefing on my organization and our strategy. That is what I planned to do today. The only thing I need is your candid feedback. Would you like the brief?”
With his attention on full alert, we dived into the discussion at hand. I talked of the foundation principles and the way it played itself in the topics at hand. I drew pictures. I retrieved diagrams from my case. I told our story with a gleam in my eye and a smile.
I love this story! It has a logic and rhythm to it that resonates from my heart to mind. There is so much yet to come. We are on the verge of something wonderful. You can see early stages already. It is time for others to be part of it all.
When I think of what is going on, I realize there are themes emerging that are consistent with the great stories in my life. In each, there is a logical connection between the past and present. People involve have an attitude of learning. What is going on is inclusive and greater than most realize.
Being able to connect the dots is critical. Others before me have taken this challenge on, laying out a model that we can adopt. When Paul laid out his foundation, the logic was clear.
“Everything I’m saying is completely in line with what the prophets and Moses said would happen: One, the Messiah must die; two, raised from the dead, he would be the first rays of God’s daylight shining on people far and near, people both godless and God-fearing.” (Acts 26.23)
Knowing why we are doing something is a key part of our story. As we describe it, it becomes powerful when there is a consistency between the elements that makes sense.