Not lengthy ago I examine about a person who audited a doctoral seminar on leadership. 1 working day the professor asked each and every of the 16 members in his class to convey to 1 matter at which they excelled. The gentleman claimed he dreaded questions like that mainly because he however was not sure of what he did most effective. And apart from, it sounded to him like bragging. But when his time arrived all he could assume to say was this, “I am ideal at not quitting.”
At initial, that reply sounds a small odd, but when you think about all the hurdles we face in existence, the energy to persist is exceptional. Without question, one of my favorite Outdated Testament figures is Caleb. The cause is that Caleb experienced a diverse spirit. He excelled at not quitting. God explained that Caleb experienced a different spirit. But I’m having in advance of the tale.
Under God’s way, Moses sent 12 leaders of Israel to spy out the Promised Land. What kind of land is it? Is the soil fertile or inadequate? What type of towns do they stay in? Are they unwalled or fortified? And are the individuals who live there robust or weak? At the finish of the 40 times, these spies returned to give their report. Ten of the 12 claimed that capturing the Promised Land was a full impossibility, just could not be accomplished. Having said that, Caleb, one of the two spies remaining, provides the opposite report. He suggests, “Let us go up at the moment and occupy it for we are properly capable to triumph over it” (Figures 13:30). That unique spirit is genuinely an great point to behold. As the late Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick reminded us, “It is not so much what existence delivers to us in her hand, as what we convey to existence in our spirits that can make the difference in between men and women.”
For the relaxation of this column, I want us to glance at some of the attitudes or spirits that we convey to lifetime, with the hope that all of us will have the Caleb spirit — that different spirit.
1st, there is the “can’t do” spirit! Way too several individuals feel this way also significantly of the time. So where does this just cannot do mind-set appear from? In one phrase, the remedy is dread. To be absolutely sure, I’m not conversing about healthier dread, and there are some of these. But I am conversing about people paralyzing fears that stifle us and continue to keep us from transferring ahead in lifestyle. Instead of fearing God, we anxiety humankind. Instead of staying motivated by the probability, we are intimidated by the impossibility. Rather of making an attempt excellent matters for God, we are worried of the attempt. And in its place of residing existence with innovative chance, we typically decide on to be safe.
Second, there is the “critical of” spirit! A mom and her adult daughter were being buying a single day, making an attempt to make the most of a big weekend sale just prior to Xmas. As they went from retail outlet to shop in the shopping mall, the more mature lady complained about all the things, the crowds, the inadequate good quality of the merchandise, the charges, and her sore toes. Immediately after the mom knowledgeable a especially tough interaction with a clerk in a single section store, she turned to her daughter and said, “I’m in no way likely again to that retail outlet once again. Did you see that soiled search she gave me?”
The daughter answered, “She did not give it to you, Mom. You experienced it when you went in!” Fundamentally, a essential spirit comes from three undernourished regions of lifetime — a feeling of inferiority, a lack of love in the coronary heart and a confined vision.
Third, there is the Caleb spirit — that different spirit! Writing in his reserve “Love Is The Way,” Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, mentioned that his grandma’s spouse and children did not have a good deal and that situations ended up tricky, even harmful. But they normally “made do” with what they had and with what lifestyle threw at them. The phrase his grandma always made use of was “made do.” Then Bishop Curry said, “Making do is about molding and generating, getting what is aged, what is specified, what is, and producing a little something new. It’s about taking an previous actuality and developing a new chance. Creating rubbish gourmet.” Oh, for that Caleb spirit — that unique spirit!
The Rev. Hal Brady is an ordained United Methodist minister and government director of Hal Brady Ministries, centered in Atlanta. You can enjoy him preach every 7 days on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Television channel Thursdays at 8 p.m.