the building blocks of transformation

Lost in Lakewood 2.

Last post, I wrote about how difficult it is to get to my house. Lots of twists and turns, confusing road signs, and reasons to get lost in the tall trees of Lakewood. Almost every time we host a party, there's someone ringing me up. "Hey Erik, I'm trying to get to your place. Can you help?"

It's a lot like the Christian life. The many roads of choice and consequence twist, turn and confuse. We can miss our sense of direction in the forest when we're caught in the thick of the trees. We're not always sure if we're taking the right road. Now, more than ever, we could use some simple travel wisdom.

As I wrote previously, the first question I ask my lost friend is, "Where are you now?" Once I understand where they are, I can direct them in. But without understanding where they are, I can do nothing at all. The reason Project 28 is so centered on assessment is because it helps us find out exactly where we are in the winding roads of life. By honestly answering the questions we offer about what we actually know and what we actually do, we can help each other pinpoint where we really are. We reiterate how important it is to answer honestly, because if we lie to ourselves or our friends about where we really are, there's no way to get us out of the woods.

But just knowing where you are isn't enough. Once you know where you are, it's vital that you get directions to your destination. "Turn right on Lake Steilacoom Drive. Turn left on Interlaaken. Stay right as it branches off to 104th Street." This is what my friends want to know when they're coming over to my house, and this is what we we want to know when we're trying to become more like Christ. Once we've pinpointed our location, clear directions are vital for getting from where we are to where we want to be.

That's why our discipleship programs offer much more than assessment. After each assessment, you get a carefully tailored set of "Things to Work On." These are the directions to get you to the house. They are the clear, simple steps to take in order to make progress in the Christian life.

We've discovered that people are transformed in their Christian life by the mere act of pinpointing where they really are, where they need to go, and giving them step by step directions to get there. Discipleship is three simple steps that create transforming results:

  1. Find out where you are now.
  2. Find out where you want to go.
  3. Get a clear set of directions to get from here to there.

When we know where we are, where we want to go, and have clear steps to get there, we can make progress. And that's what we want for everyone who will phone us up. There's no reason to stay lost on the dark roads of life.

Our heart is that you will be "transformed by the renewing of your mind," as you get real about where you are today, and get going forward with a clear and practical set of directions.

So, where are you now in the Christian life? Do you know where you are? Do you know where you are going? Do you have clear directions to get there? One great way to find out is to take the Project 28 Assessment. It's free, and it's guaranteed to help you in the journey from where you are to where you want to be.

about erik van alstine

Erik is a change expert and author of the personal finance discipleship system, Breaking Free: Financial Strategies that Transform Debt into Wealth. Breaking Free is like driver's ed in your financial life, a powerful video curriculum that offers experiential learning, assessment, and transformation! Take our free MoneyFinder Quiz to see just how much payoff Breaking Free can create for you!