One of his ideas was,
Should Something Ever Go Wrong – Imagine giving your customers or readers or friends a post where you explain ahead of time how you wish they’d handle a break from your typical promised experience.
Because I’m not a business, I almost skipped over that. Until I realized that I talk with people about this all the time.
- “People tell me that I need to read the Bible, but I gotta tell you. It just doesn’t make sense sometimes.”
- “I tried to pray. I really did. But it feels like I’m talking to myself.”
- “I used to talk to God all the time. But I never got any answers. I’m don’t know what to do.”
- “I try really hard to obey and everything just falls apart. It seems like the more I try to follow Jesus, the worse everything gets.”
- “I worked up my courage to try going to church. I walked in and I know that people were talking about me. But no one talked to me.”
- “I’ve been following Jesus for a long time. I don’t feel like I’m making any progress.”
I understand the questions. The experience of being a follower of Jesus, or even of trying to follow, is as far from the Disney experience as you can get. My own experience is seldom what is promised by preachers or books or formulas.
I’m not even sure what the “typical promised experience” is. I mean, we talk all the time about peace and blessing and love. Jesus talked about persecution and division.
Oh. And being with us.
Maybe we listen to the wrong promises.