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Thoughts From An 8 yr old: How To Avoid Our Blindspots

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Thoughts from an 8 yr. old

I have 3 kids and my oldest, Molly, is 8. Sometimes she just amazes me and says the most outrageous things. Then there are other times when she says something so true, that it hurts, but hurts in the good kind of way. You know what I mean?

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Recently, I heard a story about another 8 yr old similar to Molly.  This girl’s dad was a pretty popular coach and had a successful ministry to the less fortunate.  Many many lives were encouraged and changed for the better because of this little girl’s father.  The pastor of the church they attended, Pastor Mac, also had a successful ministry to the homeless and less fortunate.

Then one afternoon, this little girl and her father were out together and were approached by a homeless man.  To the surprise of this little 8 yr. old, her father just rushed and hurried on, avoiding the man, getting into the car and speeding off.

And as you can imagine, in the way only an 8 yr old girl can, she began to pout and sulk in the car.  Her father kindly asked, “whats wrong?”  To which this amazing little 8 yr old responded by saying, “Pastor Mac loves homeless people more than you do.”

Ouch.  

Pretty shocking, but true if you were to hear this father tell it.

The thing I love about this story and so many others like it, is that it makes us think about our blindspots.  The places in our life and parts of our heart, we can’t see very clearly.

Usually it always takes someone else to point out those spots because as the old phrase goes, “we don’t know what we don’t know.”

You and I can get so accustomed to the self-serving navel gazing process that we start to think and believe we’re ok, when the truth is quite the opposite.

That’s why we need other people and need to be intentional about inviting them into our stories.

The beauty of The Gospel gently reminds us that only through the intentional living in community, will we be made more into the image of Christ.

What’s most important here to note, is that if you are going impact and engage the awesome audiences that have given you permission in life, you must make it a habit to expose the blindspots that cloud your vision.

Question for you:

Have you given anyone permission to ask you hard questions in order to reveal your blindspots? What are they?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Josh Collins

Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.

Posted on: February 12, 2013

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