Letters :: Lean In

When you speak with your family or with your friends, how close are you? Do you lean in or do you lean back?

Conversation after conversation in France I noticed something. When people were really talking and sharing information, they would lean in towards each other.

It was like there was something extraordinarily special about the information that was being shared. The speaker wanted to be sure that every piece of information was communicated effectively and precisely.

And the listener? They would lean in too. There was a need to hear every morsel of information so there could be a dance of communication. Maybe the streets were noisy. Maybe there was a lot going on so there was a need for focus. Or maybe, just maybe, the conversation was that important at that moment, that the ones talking desired to lean in.

Noise

There is a world of stuff going on around us. There is a so many things vying for our attention…trying to grab us. This noise distracts our eyes and actions. This noise disrupts. This noise breaks down. This noise distracts.

If we are able to lean in, the volume of other things aren’t as loud. The volume of the conversation with those we are speaking with and communing with becomes louder. We are able to read the lips of the speaker. We are able to tune out the volume of the noise. We are able to communicate more effectively.

Focus

With all of the noise and all of the distractions, we tend to look around and see other things. These other things draw us to them. These other things crave our attention. These other things know how to attract us. These other things are shiny, loud, and interesting.

If we are able to lean in, the other things have less space in our line of sight. Who we are looking at comes into our view larger and more. We have less room for distractions to take our focus away. We are able to see clearer the communication happening between us and our focus. Flashes, noises, and attractions aren’t that tangible because our focus is taken by the others in the conversation.

Desire

Body language is a very interesting aspect of communication. It “says” a lot. With a desire to lean in, the conversation reveals an importance, a priority. There is nothing like a conversation when two people are on the edge of their seat sharing in words. You can see the importance, the vitality of each expression.

Organic Church Leaning In

These ways of communicating are very much like the Body of Christ. If we are able to cancel out the noise, and focus on Christ, and truly desire to lean in, our conversation with Him is different. We are able to hear Him clearer. We are able to see Him move and speak. We are able to receive and give His importance … His vital Expression.

May we cancel out noise as the Lord reveals it so that we can hear only His voice.

May we focus on His words and conversation alone so that as we move, we move towards Him.

May we truly desire Christ. For His conversation is vital and Life with Him brings us to the edge of our seats.

All we have to do is lean in.

11 comments

  1. Jamal Jivanjee · September 17, 2012

    Great insight. I’ve been thinking a lot about this reality as well. Thanks for the post bro.

    • marklchampion · September 20, 2012

      Thank you Jamal. It seems the Lord is saying something. I am thankful to be able to lean in with you bro.

  2. Jim Gregg · September 17, 2012

    Such a wonderful perspective. Thanks for sharing.

    • marklchampion · September 20, 2012

      Glad you are encouraged, Jim. Looking forward to leaning in with you soon.

  3. Dan Follette · September 18, 2012

    Thanks Brother for these encouraging words. It was a great reminder and that is one thing I need to do right now, lean in.

    • marklchampion · September 20, 2012

      Yeah bro. The Lord desires us to Lean In to Him. Thankful for the opportunity to be able to share this experience with you, bro.

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  5. Milt Rodriguez · September 20, 2012

    Brother, good post! Can’t wait to ‘lean in’ with you soon!

    • marklchampion · September 21, 2012

      Amen to that, brother. Thanks for reading, Milt. Blessings to the Work the Lord is doing through you and Mary in Perth. I have connected with a brother through Facebook. We will see how the Lord leads with travel there or elsewhere to share Christ and lean in. Will hopefully be able to do so with you in person soon as well.

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