Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
Stephen Covey is known for reminding us that when it comes to relationships, no matter how much time has passed or life lived in-between, when we connect with someone we always pick up right where we left off at our last meeting. Our brains just take us back to that place and we go from there. I had an experience last week that brought this concept into full view.
I sat down at a table next to a person who knew me when we attended the same church almost 20 years ago. As we started from the place where we’d left off, like Frodo and Sam hiding under a cloak seen as a rock by the soldiers at the gate of Mount Doom, I was cloaked in a past version of myself and therefore, completely unseen. I have no desire whatsoever to live a cloaked existence but the reality is that if the person talking to me actually really knew me we would not have been at the same table together.
What kind of religion do we embrace when we life is more about being right and getting things correct than it is about actually living?
I returned home and shared a photo of our new home 30 minutes away and closer into the Twin Cities on Facebook. Good friends were congratulating me and asking questions but another friend from back then sent me a private message saying that he hoped I was “installing the correct lense for life”…followed up by “The main lens that people use is either the lens of the world or the lens of the Spirit.”
I’m still feeling the effects of the Evangelical stun gun.