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Expand Your Thinking

Sometimes, we have got ourselves stuck in a rut. We have been doing the old things in the old ways, without success and without much joy. We once had dreams of great things, but sadly they seem to be in the distant past. Maybe we have to expand our thinking.

Bruce Lawson tells the story of a factory that made drills. One day the owner told his corporate officials that he was going to retire and that he had chosen his son as his successor. At the next board meeting the son asked his four vice-presidents, "What are your goals for the company for the next five to ten years?" One vice-president replied, "Well, we're looking at new sizes and shapes for drills." The son then dropped his bombshell. " I have news for you - there is no market for drills." You could feel the tension in the air. He continued, "From now on we will not think drills. We will not sell drills. We'll sell holes! People don't want to buy a drill; they want to make a hole!"

As they began to think of other ways to create holes they developed, among other methods, lasers for hole drilling. This attitude change and other innovations kept the company in business while its competitors lost market share and some even went bankrupt.

If we are stuck in a rut with our life seemingly going nowhere, we need to evaluate what we are doing and why. When we put our life in God's hands he refocuses our life and we see things from a different perspective.

Jesus said, "I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

An abundant life sounds pretty good doesn't it. The Bible also says, "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4)