Preparing for the Unknown

“It is possible to prepare for the future without knowing what it will be. The primary way to prepare for the unknown is to attend to the quality of our relationships, to how well we know and trust one another.”  —Margaret Wheatley

Who knows the future?

I’m not sure but I know it’s not me. What I do know is that the future will be unlike the past.

It has been said that we are living in exponential times. In increasing amounts, our world is changing.

As the Church, God’s representative embodiment of God’s kingdom, we have a choice. We can dig our heels in and resist…or we can open ourselves up and trust that God’s Spirit will pull us forward.

But how can we prepare for what we cannot know? Margaret Wheatley believes it is through relational investment.

I’m not sure exactly what she has in mind but I have to wonder…

In my limited experience, it is through relationship, through community, that God’s Spirit has been most present to me. Through the wisdom, love, and experience of others, I encounter God. I am challenged to not simply be the person I am but to become the person I am meant to become, the person that our world needs me to be.

Through relational investment, I am equipped for the unknown of the future. I imagine the principle holds for the Church.

So the question comes to us…

Will we dig our heels into the success and security of the past?


Will we open ourselves up to the unknown of the future, trusting in God’s Spirit to lead us through each other?

Peace to you,



Preparing for the Unknown
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