Seth Godin had quoted something in his post today that got me thinking
"...People like to follow the crowd; they go someplace because they see other people do so."
But later the quote ends with
"Everybody goes for something unique. Uniqueness appeals both to the taste and to the intellect."
Now, at first I was wrestling with this clash in perspectives--how can everyone go for something unique, yet follow a crowd?
I think we're inherently hardwired to appreciate [and are drawn to] what is unique. Our God is an infinitely creative God & being made in His image, it just makes sense.
But going where no one has gone before can be scary stuff. So it's the risk-takers--the innovators and entreprenuerially-spirited who keep pushing to bring us the latest/greatest creative unique solution. And it seems like there's only a bold few in this camp who are willing to make the sacrifices and take the hits along the way to bring us there.
I read a quote this morning that really made an impression on me
"You're going to make mistakes in life. It's what you do after the mistakes that counts."
-Brandi Chastain, American soccer player & Olympic champion
The article went on to say that we should think of failure as excellence in training & that it shows we have the courage to try. What a perspective! I don't know about you, but whenever I'm trying to dust myself off from my most recent failure <which seems to happen regularly> I rarely feel like I'm another step closer to excellence. But this shift in thinking made a difference for me.
It's so easy to point fingers at those who are willing to step out in ministry and try something new in an attempt to reach more people for Christ. It may be unconventional. It may seem crazy. But isn't that part of what makes it "new"?
Businesses have R&D units and incubators to nurture new ideas. I'd love to see more ministries supported in this way as well; encouraging [if not applauding] those bold enough to step out and try.
<sidenote: the article referred to was found on justsell.com. I tried to link from the website, but for whatever reason the content displayed online wasn't matching what was sent to my Blackberry. Not sure what the deal is. Sorry.>