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I’ve been reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the story of a woman whose cancer cells (HeLa) have created a line of cells that don’t seem to die. It’s a fascinating story, and if I try to get into the details I’ll confuse all of us.
What amazes me, however, is the fact that every part of us is comprised of cells that constantly change and evolve. In fact, when cells are removed from the human they can bond with other non-human cells and can actually form its own cell species. We are literally built for change, and yet we fight it.
I remember when my dad was the minister of a particular church that said they wanted change. Their previous minister, who was flashy and charismatic, had run off with most of the church’s money.
Despite what this minister did, the church members were mesmerized byhim. He had talked constantly about how they were going to be the biggest church in town. He even made sure that they bought him a Ford LTD so he could drive around in style. Dad came along with a missionary’s heart, and told the church that he would trade in that Ford LTD for a Toyota Corolla, and their money wouldn’t go to big growth but the organic growth that would occur because of the help we would provide in the neighboring areas.
Once we arrived, dad’s first move was to get rid of that boat of a car and get a gas-friendly smaller Corolla. Suddenly people were calling, saying that their old minister would have never driven that Corolla. He drove an American car proudly and everyone in the neighborhood knew that he was an important messenger of God.
How important could dad look in a 4-speed, manual Corolla? They had ordered change, but at the first hint of it people started struggling for what they had known before.
What happens to the psyche when change begins? Here are a few of my thoughts:
If you’re a leader, make sure that you:
We all know that we’re not immortal, and thus any threat to our survival becomes a point of study and contention until we can release our fears and go with the flow. Good leaders know how to make that happen.