This week I had the chance to read Seth Godin’s new book called Poke the Box. In less than one hundred pages, Godin reminds us about why our strategies so often fail when we do everything from the vantage point of same old, same old. We have a way of doing business as usual and still hoping for a different result. Of course, the book is designed to get people to stop looking at what worked in the past, stop thinking that safe is the better route and start sharing new thoughts and new direction, before all we’re left with is “sorry.” In fact, it’s a book about starting something, anything, to try to change things. He says, “Your position in the world is defined by what you instigate, how you provoke, and what you learn from the events you cause. In a world filled with change, that’s what matters–your ability to create and learn from change.” Therefore, life “demands that you stop waiting for the road map and start drawing one instead.” More often than not, we’re content to use someone else’s road map, even when it comes to our own lives.
As a risk taker and a passionate dreamer, I resonate with this thought. I always believe that it’s the people who start things, even if they fail, who end up making a difference. These are the people who stand for what they believe, who make society slightly uncomfortable, who end up changing the world. As I read this book, I couldn’t help thinking about us, those of us who call ourselves believers. How much do we sit on the status quo letting those who have gone before us pave the way? How much do we think that the big names in Christianity today, the Billy Grahams and the Max Lucados and others are doing the work and so we don’t have to? What kind of a poke is it going to take for us to see that we too need to start something, even a small something if we’re going to stand up for the faith that we profess to have?
I don’t know about you, but I felt a little poke from God as I read this book. I felt like there’s another story here. Seth Godin is great at talking to the market, but if he was going to address the Christian market, he might indeed want to give us a poke. He might want to suggest that we have a little hand in destiny. Interpret this for yourself, you know where you might need a little poke more than I do. Maybe you need to do more writing, or more speaking, or more volunteering. Maybe you just need to be sure that you’re not assuming everyone else will take care of things. Let’s poke each other into being all we were meant to be. Let’s praise each other for efforts that fail. Let’s give each other room to grow and think and believe with our whole hearts. We’re God’s arms and legs and voices on this earth. We’re all He has to make the world a better place.
Consider yourself poked! With love, of course!