Inside or outside the box?
The foundation has already been laid
A return to thinking, back inside the box, or have we ever left it in the first place?
What is all the buzz about, do we really benefit from non-traditional thought process, or is this all just trendy speak.
How do we know when thinking outside of the box is the way to go and to whom might we benefit with such an outreach. When all other means of communicating your ideas or thoughts with another have been exhausted, it may be the correct time to apply unorthodox methods of communication/ideas to get ones point across.
As a person who typically does not grasp ideas in one fell swoop and who has difficulty at times conveying their own message/ideas to others, this may just be my saving grace.
Speaking of saving grace, I can not go on any further, without making a reference to the ultimate non-traditional orator of his time
Isaiah 33:6 (New International Version)
He will be the sure foundation for your times,
a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.
Have we used pictures and/or props to demonstrate our thoughts? I'm sure we have, ancient language began with the use of characters/pictures, so is this something new, not really.
Here is another novel idea, why not use parables, or stories, as in a third party sense to get our point accross, it also allows for those we are speaking to, to draw their own conclusions.
Jesus Christ, a man, only in the sense he walked among us. For he had to come to us in person to share the message of true salvation.
Again though, is this such a new way of thinking? I am beginning to hear King Solomon's words echoing in my ears, nothing new has been done under the sun.
Well, of course God did not come to Solomon in person. I believe if he had, there would have been some changes made to Solomon's story.
I am a dreamer, so do not get me wrong if I seem to be acting/thinking within the box. I just believe, that most ideas have already been developed for the more generally accepted
way of doing a task, or getting your point accross. I suggest instead of looking outside the box, we just dig a little deeper into it. This apllies very nicely, to looking inside your Bibles. Why not research what we know from past failures and successes.
We may find that a past failure, will now work because a technology now exist to help it get off the ground, or we may find that an idea, may now be accepted, for the person/s we are trying to reach are more open to this way of teaching.
When we try so hard to rebuild the wheel, do we not have to start from the very beginning?
Why spend all that time and effort, for one, now that we have such a plethera of information at our disposal (the internet), it is possible to build upon the foundations our predecessors have already put down. Do we begin outside the box before digging deeper,
I hope not, for what we may just do is to open another box and there may just be a white elephant, or worse (Pandora like) consequences in doing so.
This point I hope to be making is twofold, for one we will never cease to try new ideas and God is not asking us to stop, he only ask we take a look at what he has already put in motion.
Two, there is a way to entwine your beliefs, in any idea, thoughts or communications and God deserves that consideration.
Praise the LORD, He is the Architect for every plan, be careful what you reject, for you may not have a second chance at salvation.
1 Corinthians 3:10-11 (New International Version)
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.