I’m so pleased to have my longtime friend Rick Lawrence guest posting this week. Rick is the author of dozens of books, including his most recent, which releases this week ~ Shrewd: Daring to Obey the Startling Command of Jesus (shrewdbook.com). He’s also the author of Sifted: God’s Scandalous Response to Satan’s Outrageous Demand (siftedbook.com). He’s has been editor of Group Magazine for 25 years and is the co-leader of the Simply Youth Ministry Conference. Rick is a consultant to national research organizations and a frequent conference and workshop speaker. He and his family live in Colorado.
Five-or-so years ago I was locked in what felt like an all-out war over a dream that was in danger of dying, because a man who was much shrewder than me was bent on stopping it. One day, in my grief and fear and anger over what was about to happen, I felt God sort of “sit me down” and challenge me ~ it was clear that my “frontal” way of dealing with this situation was not going to work, and He was asking me if I was going to have the courage to move more shrewdly. In the nicey-nice Christian culture that is promoted and perpetuated in most churches, shrewdness is anathema ~ worse, it’s entirely off the radar as a spiritual practice.