- While sitting in the driver’s seat, lean your head against the driver’s side window.
- Adjust the side-view mirror outward until you can see only the side edge of your car in the right side of the mirror.
- Adjust your rear-view mirror as usual.
- While driving, you will notice that when a car attempts to pass you, you will first see the car in your rear-view mirror. As the image of the car leaves the rear-view mirror, you will see it enter the side-view mirror. As the image of the car leaves your side-view mirror, you will see the front of the car enter your peripheral vision with just the slightest turn of your head to the left. Give it a try. You’ll be amazed!
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, there are clear implications for ministry. The elimination of blind spots in car mirrors requires that you widen your view in a counter-intuitive way. When you widen the field of vision in the side-view mirror, you wonder how this will work because your first look after adjusting the mirror shows you a view that you’ve never seen before from your driver’s seat. You can hardly imagine this view being helpful until the first car passes you on the highway. Then you get it!
First you have to trust someone who knows your blind spot, and then you have to give their advice a try.
Think about the areas of your ministry that are stuck. There is something potentially harmful right beside you that you cannot see. What is it? You can’t answer that question by yourself. You have to trust someone else to widen your view. Strong faith formation leaders ask the following questions to trusted advisors regularly when they want to get unstuck:
- What am I not seeing?
- How can I widen my point of view?