This morning Elaine and I went to church at St Anne's in Naples Florida. Interestingly, the priest started by sharing that he was advised never to ask a question if he didn't want to hear the answer.
In today's gospel Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" If you've been reading for a while, then you know that people have different names for me.
And it's okay.
Here's the way it works.
I'm a Catholic. If you don't like Catholics, that may be enough of a reason for you not to like me.
I'm a Republican. If you don't like Republicans, that may be enough of a reason for you not to like me.
I'm Italian. If you don't like Italians, that may be enough of a reason for you not to like me.
I have many clients. If you don't know or like any of them, that may be enough of a reason for you not to like me.
Here's the rest of it. Every one of my clients had to deal with the fact that there's something about me, and they had to weigh that against the answer to these three questions.
Do I understand their world, their dreams, their goals, their obstacles and struggles?
Do I know what I would do to get where they want to be? Can I do it?
Are they willing to put aside what they don't like about me to get my help?
I start 1-2 new disciples a month.
This is your chance. Make this the week that you start the what to get your why.