It ends with how.

I understand that we want to know why. Many of us, at least.

Why we (have to) do this? Why are they doing that?

I’m starting to think that some people are less interested in why and what than in how. They, maybe you, know what you want to do.  You know why. But many days you simply want to know how.

If you are reading this blog regularly, somehow you want to know more about how to implement what you know about following Jesus.

In simple steps, how can I pray more? How can I love better? How can I figure out my relationship with God and with others? How can I not fall into unhealthy habits of gossip and pride and criticism and laziness? How can I cultivate good habits of encouragement and humility and praise and stewardship?

I’ve been thinking about some kinds of how.

howFirst, the confident how: How to do that. I could have called this the commanding how, but that’s a little critical. The confident how describes, without qualifiers, the steps to a task. Sometimes it’s used in algebra. And we see it with a young man who wanted to know how he could receive eternal life. Jesus said, “Sell everything you have and give the money to the poor.”

Second, the collaborative how: How we do that. This is for communities, talking about the strategies and values that have helped the community grow. A small group may say, “here’s how we structure our gatherings. It’s not the only way but it works for us. If you join us, we ask you to work this way.”

Third, the confessional how: How I do that (or have failed). This is used when the learner is going to have to figure out their own style or approach. I used this in yesterday’s post.

We’ll  talk more about this framework and how I want to work within it going forward.

 

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

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