Have you found the key?

Have you found the key?

One metaphor for wisdom is the key. Keys unlock what is closed, throw open the doors to what is hidden, and reveal secrets locked away. Keys are also a metaphor for access, and therefore, of power (remember the character nicknamed “Keys” in the movie E.T.? He wore a clip full of clinging keys on his belt, a symbol of a person with access—one who could go anywhere he wanted).


Have you discovered the key to something? That one thing that unlocks a mystery, unravels a puzzle, gets you past the stuckness, or answers the deeper questions about life, relationship, competence, or effectiveness?


Have you discovered . . .


Share your wisdom. What key have you discovered that has opened doors for you? Comment below.

Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Columbia Theological Seminary. He directs the Pastoral Excellence Program at Columbia seminary. He is the author of the bestseller, The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban), Perspectives on Congregational Leadership (Educational Consultants), and A Family Genogram Workbook (Educational Consultants), with Elaine Boomer & Don Reagan, and Leadership in Ministry: Bowen Theory in the Congregational Context.

His books on education include Mastering the Art of Instruction,The Craft of Christian Teaching (Judson), How to be the Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson), and Planning for Christian Education Formation (Chalice Press).

Galindo contributes to the Wabash Center’s blog for theological school deans and to its teaching and learning blogs.


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