Happening to Things…

One of the best books I ever read on learning was a book about Leonardo Da Vinci.

How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael Gelb is NOT a self-help book. It is a manual on learning, thinking, growing, creating, and stewarding the knowledge and wisdom God gives you. Gelb is a scholar and consultant on learning and creativity. He takes us to one of the very best human beings our world has ever produced so we can learn from his way.

I have read the book twice and skimmed through it often. I pulled it off the shelf the other day, because one of my summer reading books (if summer ever gets here) is a new one on Da Vinci by renowned historian and author Walter Isaacson. He is the same author who wrote the great books on Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin. Do you see a pattern in his choices for writing biographies?

Here is a great thought from Da Vinci:

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

I love that. I am inspired by that. I think that is what Jesus has in mind for how you and I live. Life is beautiful. Opportunities abound. Needs are great. Most people are just waiting for something to happen. Christians are those God uses to make things happen.

And as you make your way through today, with faith, hope, and love, may you happen to things. May you happen to people.

Pastor Brian


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