As I looked over the room at the audience, there were three distinct groups of people listening to my words. I knew I was already gravitating to the believers. This minority was engaged, responsive, and ready to move into action. Their body language screamed in agreement with me. Their eyes were dancing with excitement. While this group was enjoying my words, what they wanted was to move into action!
There was a second group that was not buying anything. Their skepticism was obvious. Their minds were anywhere but where we were. The distant look in their eyes said it all. I kept going, reflecting while I continued to talk. I wondered what it would take for us to have a honest conversation. How did they see our situation? What were the alternative choices that we should consider? Did they see something the rest of us could not? Those that do not believe can help those that do.
There was a large middle in this audience that wanted to believe. They wanted to have certainty. They sensed this was the right area. They also knew that the rhetoric so far was not going to get them to the destination. Something was missing. Was this it? Could this be what they had been looking for?
As I pushed towards the key point of my message, I realized that we were missing something at the core. We were paralyzed within. Even as believers, we were not sure that we were holding onto the right principles. This echoes within my heart. What would be like if I was sure? My candid response is this; “If we’re confident that he’s [God or Key Principles] listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.” (1 John 5.15) Said another way, our belief would have power within it.
I wonder where I will start. I want to be a believer that acts. Belief cannot survive alone. Belief needs action in order to live. It is only when we act that we have the potential to make a difference.