HOW HARD IT IS
with Rev. Rachel
24 HOW HARD IT IS Mark 10
We were talking about the two very different kinds of change: Technical and adaptive. If you can believe it, this was over lunch with other church folk in Nottoway County. At one point I said: “No, it’s not time for a bake sale.”
Why a lemonade stand is not a bake sale is where I am heading. First, some definitions: Technical change involves doing things differently. Adaptive change involves thinking differently about what we’re doing.
Adaptive change is what is asked of us when tweaking just won’t do “because it [tweaking] squanders precious time and resources in an effort to make the old system work instead of recognizing that what is needed is…”*
Humans have long insisted that we know what we need. Most of us are not unlike the man who once ran up to Jesus. “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He knew what eternal life was and hoped Jesus would help him tweak a thing or two so as to get him there.
But doing better at more of the same wasn’t what was needed. God was looking for kingdom-enterers—people to live their lives awake to God and connected to each other. This would take divestment.
As it turns out, the man of Mark 10 wasn’t looking to be a part of a community that embraced and developed adaptive change (v.22). He took the Kodak, Borders, and Blockbuster way home. He could not yet see that there are times in our lives when a technical fix won’t do; in fact, it merely distracts us from doing the real work, which is inherently adaptive.
One among us will be out front following worship, this Sunday. This is no bake sale, friends! She won’t be squandering precious time and resources in an effort to make something work that’s not working. Hannah will be selling lemonade for the love of God and neighbor.
Let her be a sign to us of all that we don't need. Let her point us to Jesus who still lovingly pleads for us to shed the things that keep us from following. How hard it is (v.24)…but into an era of adaptive change, a child shall lead us, indeed. _______________ *Ron Heifetz and David Lose.