The Power of an Image

Several months ago Crosspointe had a learning community where Ron Martoia used the powerful illustration of map making when it comes to traveling uncharted territory. It has remained a powerful picture in my head.

A few weeks ago I was in a conversation with a group at a conference. A man I hadn't met before sounded so discouraged about the challenges of leading a true multicultural congregation. What popped in my head (then promptly jumped out of my mouth) was "That's because it hasn't been done before. You're the cartographer."

And an interesting thing happened when I spit out that image. His face lit up. He stood straighter. And the rest of his conversation changed.

Suddenly, he knew his place in the story.

And sometimes that makes all the difference.

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