April 15, 2019—I’m the kind that’s wired with a thirst for knowledge and wisdom. As a child one of my favorite books was Proverbs, in the Bible. My dad introduced me to it, extolling the virtues of acquiring wisdom. Seeking wisdom and delving into the “secrets” of life, the universe, and everything (to quote Adams) remains a pastime.
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?
Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Columbia Theological 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.