My friend Dave and I recently were chatting about some of the challenges of getting others involved in the various communitasphx initiatives. It has seemed that while most people we meet are respectful and genuinely inerested in the ideals we’re exploring (jesus, community, justice, creativity), it’s been hard to get them to actually dive into action on these issues. In other words, while we often hear things like, “That’s something I would be a part of.” or “I’d love to help!”, very few of these people have been able to participate in one of our initiatives.Â As my friend and I talked through this, I was excited about some of the understandings we gleamed from the dialogue.Â Here’s the best of ‘em:
Issues keeping people from doing something significant in their lives:
Interestingly, these 3 “Lack’s” form a pathway – conviction leads to commitment, which in turn leads to the creation of discipline. Trying to dive deper into this, we translated what this practically means for a person stuck in each of these realities.
What we mean by these terms:
Taking this yet another step further in our conversation, Dave and I attempted to explore the “why’s” of these realities.
Why people live with a lack of conviction, commitment, and/or discipline:
These are preliminary thoughts, but I was impressed with the number of insights we came out of a simple and informal conversation with.Â For sure, these issues are more complex and dimensional than we’ve stated, but for us it’s a starting point at what we nee to challenge in those we share life with in order to see real change in our city.
Have some additional thoughts or a different perspective on any of these points?Â Please “chime in” in the comments section below.