I had an emotional night last month and I’m finally ready to talk about. My favorite television show, The Office, aired its final episode. It was sad. It hurt. I may have even shed a tear when one of the main characters, Michael Scott, made a surprise appearance at the very end of the show. It’s just a television show, but it’s funny how connected you became to the characters. They were part of you in a way. It’s especially weird when you consider what has happened in your life between the time span of the first episode and where it is now. A lot has changed in nine years in my life and the world.
Last week I went to a seminar called Sharing the Gospel in the language of Neuroscience. It was one of those moments where your mind feels filled to capacity. I believe the technical term for this is “Full Brain.” I quickly realized it was going to take some time to process and empty the ol noggin. The seminar was led by a man named Curt Thompson. He’s a medical doctor and also the author of a book called The Anatomy of the Soul. It’s all really interesting stuff. Turns out, our minds have a lot to do with how we understand the gospel and even how we share it with others.
Working with young people is a poignant reminder that growing up is hard. Our young people don’t get enough credit for what they’re going through. Adolescents is a journey of discovery. It’s the pain of coming to grips with reality. It’s a turbulent, confusing season of life. We don’t think much of it now because we’re out of it.
But can you remember what is was like growing up?
I heard about the concept of thin spaces a while ago. The story goes like this. Native Americans believed there were certain places where the spiritual world was more available. If you wandered to one of these locations, you were more in-tune with the spirit. They called these ‘thin spaces.’ Somehow, the spiritual world came alive because you were closer and more aware of its presence. I thought that sounded beautiful and not so different from what we experience as Christ-followers.