top3 for September 16, 2022

Before heading off into what looks to be an incredible weekend in Central Kentucky, here are three things that have had me thinking this week. Have a great weekend!

#1

Iconic typography designer Paula Scher discusses her creative process, including the famous Citi logo. Interestingly, the idea came to her in seconds and that presented a problem for the client. They wanted to buy a process not an outcome. How can it be that you talk to someone and it’s done in a second? But it IS done in a second — it’s done in a second and 34 years.”

Farnham Street Blog

Don’t discount your 34 (or 15, or 75) years of previous experience as preparing you for something in the future. When the moment comes will be ready…that is the question.

Full article and podcast here

#2

The unmotivated are notoriously invulnerable to insight.

A Failure of Nerve by Edwin H. Friedman

Jesus said to not toss your pearls before swine. This has a harshness to it but the truth is that we need to know what people are ready to receive and give that to them. How do we know? They tell us by their words and deeds if we are willing to pay attention. And if we don’t listen well, we often can have an impact that is counter to what we hope for or is good for the other.

I’ll add one more group who can be invulnerable to insight. Those who are certain of their position and whose identity is wrapped up therein. I am not saying we should live lives of doubt but rather that we should be willing to listen to alternative views without fearing it will undermine who we are.

While curiosity may have negatively impacted the cat, so the expression goes, it has significant upside for our society.

#3

Luther’s advice to his students in the first chapter of his “Lectures on Galatians,” to the effect: “Stop speculating about the Godhead and climbing into heaven to see who or what or how God is; hold on to this man Jesus, he is the only God we’ve got!”

As Jesus’ continuing presence in the world, his followers have been given the great opportunity and responsibility to be those others hold on to. Who in your sphere of relationships is holding on to your “witness” to see who and what God is all about?