When diving into the part about beliefs, it is important to note that stories are one thing. Applications of the lessons is something else. Many get it wrong by falling into the auto-pilot routine of life. The part of living that is very adaptive and yet very maladaptive. The paradox is a tricky one to explain. But, if you’ve stayed along this far after the first chapter, I think we can make it clear.
The way the mind works, it learns how to do something by paying attention and practicing. At some point, the mind gets very efficient at what its doing. It has to. You can’t always be thinking about how to do mundane tasks like turning on your computer every single time you need to get on it. The mind creates patterns of habits that makes life better. Nothing wrong with having routines. But not everything in life must remain a routine.
The shifting your beliefs into auto-pilot mode has the danger of complacency. Example, every year, the family goes vacationing at the same watering hole and camps the same number of nights. Over the years and decades, the trip will lose that specialness about it that drew the family together in the beginning. It’s just something that is done in auto-pilot mode. People don’t bond or talk. It’s a trip to be endured or tolerated or just done.
Beliefs can slowly shift and create pain
That’s the danger in many homes and many churches. Churches can be viewed often times as an extension of the home… collective homes that is. And when things are done in auto-pilot, sometimes errors slip into the routine and never gets checked. These errors become just as routine as the original way of doing things. Before you know it, people get into disagreements. Damages starts and no one knows why or how that came about.
Belief systems start to hinder when the programming behind them does not get reviewed and things run in auto-pilot unchecked. Just like many Androids need a reboot every now and again and iOS needs to plug in to back itself up, so does relationships and beliefs. People need to get in touch with what they assume is true and verify that is indeed true. The simplest example, look up at the sky, is it still blue, did it fall? Just like that, the belief you have about the sky was checked and verified.
Check and verify
Doubt I’m correct? Think back to the last time you stumbled off a curb. Yes, you realized a few things in that moment that you might have let slide off your tidy belief plate. Gravity still works, you’re not as balanced as you were a decade ago, you ache far longer than you used to when you were younger, and you’re more distracted than you realize that you are.
Looking at the church body, or any social grouping for that matter, whenever there is a lack of discussion about what the group holds to be truth, issues quickly creep in and when they break the surface, it often catches many by surprise and creates gigantic issues for the smooth operations of that group. slight artistic liberties of exaggerations to make a point
Seasons of teaching keeps everyone on the same page
That is why in church, sometimes there are seasons of teachings (should be anyway) to help the membership understand the fundamentals of what they stand for. Same for having periodic family meetings to discuss how the family is building a legacy. That is the same for PTA meetings with the parents to know how the kids are doing. You get my point.
If you see something… don’t just assume it’s correct
Your belief systems can become a hindrance not only by not keeping tabs on them, but by doing nothing about them. Seeing someone start to slip on the job and cut corners that could adversely affect your team’s budget, yet you keep quiet because you’re not sure that you saw anything, or worse, you don’t want to be seen as someone rocking the boat or creating friction in the workplace. You’re not helping the betterment of the causes you ascribe to by doing nothing.
Hindering also comes in the form of passive aggressively blocking progress. David’s brothers worked hard to send him back home and away from the battle. They gossiped about his intentions and even misrepresented his efforts amongst and throughout themselves in the camp.
Before you say something… on social media that is
Too many people will prefer to get on social media and blast someone instead of taking the time to engage privately, talk, discuss, learn, before recommending. It’s easy to shoot darts. It’s easy to poke holes. It’s easy to ridicule. It’s hard to stand for something you positively believe in. There appears to be too much risks in standing for yourself.