Last week was the two-year anniversary of the end of Lost. You can tell the impact of a TV show when people are still talking about it two years later. Some people loved how it ended. For others, it ruined the entire six-year run for them.
As I paused and remembered the show fondly, I thought of what many of us could learn from the show.
It pays to be different
From the weird storylines to the flashback, flashforwards, flash sideways and parallel storylines, Lost was unlike anything else on TV. If we want to be successful at our blogs, marriages, faith or you name it, it pays to be different. It pays to do things differently than everyone else. There is the temptation for many of us to be the next Jon Acuff, Jeff Goins or you fill in the blank. How about trying to be the first YOU?
It pays to be excellent
All of the things that made Lost different would have been for naught if it hadn’t been good. It was well written. The acting was good. It was well run and promoted. Everything about the show was done with excellence.
It pays to have a plan
Around season 3, it was announced that season 6 would be the end. From that point on, everything was done to get to the end. The plan was for every story told to build to the end. Maybe you didn’t like how it ended, but everything was done to get to that ending. How many of us do what we do with the end in sight?
Lost was one of the most influential TV shows of all time. For the past two years, produces have been trying to find the next one. They haven’t found it yet. It’s impact will felt for years to come. We can take these lessons and let them impact our lives.
What lessons can you learn from Lost?
Many of us will gather in churches to worship across the land today. I will too, though it will not be in a traditional format. Currently, I am between churches, so to speak.. As I have thought about this over the last few weeks, a question has come to mind that I want to ask those of you who read my blog.
Is Your Church Safe?
Let me explain what I mean. Few, if any of you, will face persecution today. We don’t really have to fear that here in the United States. Most of us will gather in a nice building that keeps us safe from the weather, so we will be safe from the elements. No, I mean something completely different.
Is Your Church Safe Enough To Ask Tough Questions?
Can you ask tough questions in your church? Can you do this without fear? Are you able to really open up and ask something that has troubled you for a long time? Do you fear what will happen if you ask a question that may be outside the box?
Is Your Church Safe Enough To Be Different?
What happens if you think differently than the pastor and the deacons? Or your Sunday school teacher or small group leader? Do you fear being ostracized? What happens if you don’t vote the party line? What happens if you aren’t a yes man?
Is Your Church Safe Enough To Challenge The Status Quo?
What happens when you challenge the “We’ve always done it that way” mentality? Do you feel comfortable sharing your ideas about what would make your church better? What happens if you ask tough questions? Do you fear you will be shoved aside if you do?
I believe that church is the place where we should be able to ask tough questions, where we should be able to be different and challenge the status quo. Why? Because the church is made up of many members just like your body. The finger is different from the pancreas. The eye is different from the ear. They are different, but they make up the body. I suppose none of us would want to be an appendix, which doesn’t seem to do anything but rupture and make the body sick. But each member of your body feels safe being there. So should we in our churches.
Have you ever been in a situation where you did not feel safe to do these things in your church?