Part three of three
“There’s no use trying,” Alice said, “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen, “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”—excerpt from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Restorers are individuals who, fueled by a vision of how things ought to be, make whole what is broken simply by living the Gospel. Sometimes the vision of communities redeemed that Restorers hold seems impossible to attain to the people they lead and maybe even to the Restorers themselves.
Have you felt like that? Have you had a vision for some project, some goal, something that seemed too big to turn into a reality?
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and their literary club the Inklings loved novels because they allowed the author to take readers on an imaginary journey with truths of reality fantastically intertwined. They thought if the reader can imagine something, they can then take the step to believe something. If you can imagine a good and wild lion ruling Narnia, maybe you can believe a good god rules our universe.
In the same way leaders have the wonderful opportunity to help others reimagine what is possible. Development Associates International (DAI) enjoys helping leaders all around the world navigate impossible visions through consulting and Strategic Thinking workshops. And we enjoy even more seeing those visions become realities.
So where to start? Keep your attention focused on God, look to his abilities not your limitations. See His possibilities not your impossibilities, like Peter did. When Jesus calls Peter out into the deep waters, Peter at first does well walking on the waves because he was focused on Jesus. As soon as he turns his gaze to the wind he begins to sink (Matthew 14:22-33).
With your attention in the correct place, you can help others reimagine possibilities that once were deemed unattainable.