A follow-up to yesterday’s “A Great Tattoo…”
In his book “Living Your Strengths” Donald O. Clifton (the author) states:
“From a very young age we are taught to be ‘well rounded.’ Our ticket to our teachers’ approval is to soften our sharp edges, to become smooth and well rounded.”
According to Clifton, however, what we’re often taught is how to become as dull as we can possibly be. We’re taught to play it safe, to be compliant, to follow convention and tradition, to colour inside the lines and to stay inside the box.
And so we kick creativity right out of our young people . They are no longer curious about life and do not see life as something to be lived and discovered and celebrated. They become “dull and well rounded”.
We also simply want them to be a round peg in a round hole or a square peg in a square hole – because otherwise cnd cause us some emotional or mental discomfort – forcing us, maybe, to think and live outside our comfortable little boxes.
We, of course, have God in a box as well – or think we do. However, I am excited that there are surrently some great books about this on the market. These include:
1> Your God is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan
2> The Holy Wild by Mark Buchanan
3> Out of Your Confort Zone – Is Your God Too Nice? By R.T. Kendall
For those who teach – Howard Hendricks has a great book on creative leadership called “Color Outside the Lines”. He has lived “outside the lines” all of his life and is one of the best teachers on the face of the planet … as well as someone who believes in and is greatly involved in discipling and one-on-one mentoring.
It’s time to take God out of the box. It is time for us to come out of our own self-imposed, protective box and experience the real world. Hopefully, you have someone who knows you well and who is willing to be known to walk with you through this adventure.