I am currently reading John Maxwell’s latest book Everyone Communicates Few Connect. I will be giving a review of the book for Booksneeze this weekend or early next week, but I want to take a moment now to share a brief story that Mr. Maxwell tells and some thoughts that I had. This what Mr. Maxwell had to say…
“A few years ago, I was being interviewed on a television talk show. The host held up a couple of my books and said, “John, I’ve read several of your books, and they are all so simple.” His tone of voice, body language, and mannerisms made it clear to me and the audience that he did not mean it as a compliment!
My response was straightforward: “That’s true. The principles in my books are simple to understand. But they are not always simple to apply.”
First of, all I must admit (sorry Mr. Maxwell) that I have been that television talk show host. I read a lot of Mr. Maxwell’s books in my teen years and skipped several of his books because I thought they were too simple. But he is exactly right, it is the application of those principles that is important, and having the discipline to apply the principles is not always easy!
Second, let me apply this to the Church and our desire for revival, victory over sin, and lost souls to be saved. I think that sometimes, perhaps without realizing it, we look for some magical formula that will bring the results that we are looking for; some complex mashup of the right programs, the right atmosphere, the right charisma, the right social issues, etc. Instead, the answer is right in front of us in the simple principles taught in the Word of God.
Read & Study your Bible.
Share the Gospel.
Fairly simple principles to understand. Not always easy to put into practice.
ABRACADABRA! Hmm…didn’t work. I better go pray!