Sharper Thinking

Yesterday I was challenged to do a lot of thinking. To think about things I’ve not considered before, and to think about things I have considered before but from a different perspective.

Yesterday a fellow pastor convened a Pastor’s Leadership Thinking Lab. The purpose was to use Warren Bullock’s book When The Spirit Speaks as a springboard to talk about the vocal gifts of the Holy Spirit in operation in our church services (see 1 Corinthians 12-14). At the outset, we all reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to our fellowship’s fundamental truths—those were non-negotiable. The challenge was to think about and discuss the practicalities of the how’s in our church services.

It was a bit intimidating being in the room with such smart people. These are guys with way more education and experience than me—guys who have had the privilege of studying and discussing this topic with some of the greatest Pentecostal thinkers of our generation. I felt a little out of place. In fact, during the lunch break, one of my friends commented, “Have you ever felt like that in a roomful of tuxedos you’re the one brown shoe?” My feelings exactly.

But King Solomon wrote, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). The iron of my colleagues definitely sharpened me yesterday.

I also like what John Maxwell said, “Some of my best thinking has been done by others.” In other words, these really smart guys have thought about some things in ways I haven’t; they’ve been exposed to some great thinkers that I haven’t; they’ve experienced some things that I haven’t. But spending the day with them was like getting that education they received, having those conversations with great thinkers they had, and experiencing those things they experienced.

Did I agree with everything that was shared? No.

Was I challenged to think differently? Yes.

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “The truest test of a first-rate mind is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

If you really want to sharpen your thinking, get around some people smarter than you. Spend time with people who see things differently than you. But most of all, make sure these folks are one in purpose with you. All of the guys in this Lab shared the same passion to see God glorified and people drawn into a deeper relationship with Jesus. That’s what made yesterday so rewarding for me.

Do you have some “iron” friends in your life that are sharpening your thinking?

 

3 Responses to “Sharper Thinking”

  1. barney Says:

    You are an iron…. nuf said

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  2. Kelly L. Mosher Says:

    Wasn’t it Tozer or Lewis who said, rough paraphrase, ‘The most important thing about a man is his view on God.’ And according to Fitzgerald, I’m in good company. The fundamentals about God are set in my heart. The purpose for me regarding Acts 2 is slightly ticklish because I admire several great human teachers. 2 Peter 1:3-8 has been a life verse because it’s the 180 from corruption I needed/need. “…through our knowledge of Him… I enjoy the cognitive beginning. It has to start there, then moves into my heart and life. I seek daily to walk full of the fruit of the Spirit and I am unusually bold. I would say sincerely that I am Spirit-filled. I don’t speak in unknown languages. Pentecost Sunday service at my church was probably much different than yours. I’m conflicted only in a tiny corner of my head, not my heart, mostly I’m seeking truth. The month of June will be teaching wholly on the Holy Spirit. I wonder if you shared with the think tank the ‘infilling’ instructions I was given a few years back from my former church. Feel free. Most of all, God must be honored that we desire all of Him and so that equals peace for me.

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    • Craig Says:

      Kelly,
      It is a personal journey for all of us… no one’s trip is the same. But the biblical guidelines are ALWAYS the same. I like the way you are taking everything back to the Word. Keep on reading, praying and applying and God will personalize just for Kelly.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      CTO

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