A good friend asked me that question this week.
I answered, “helping provide people with simple clear next steps.”
The question came as I was thinking about what I need to do for and with people around me. The question came as I was thinking about what our church community could do. The question came early in the morning before I could figure out what I was really thinking.
But my answer was pretty accurate for what I think would be helpful. Rather than constantly telling, constantly broadcasting, constantly selling, constantly talking about whatever, what if I spent time listening to people and then helping them identify the one next step for them to take, the one part of the process to implement, the one phone call to make, the one relationship to start?
I am good at providing a firehose, at giving the plans for the whole house, at writing the whole story. And sometimes that’s good.
But I bet that if I could tell you clearly and simply the next thing to do and then let you wrestle with the risk and the challenge and the consequences…while sitting quietly with you…that you might find that helpful.
Particularly if the next words were simple, “follow me.”
I mean, it worked in the past.