This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein.
A friend of ours–you know how Facebook goes!–posted a video about Joey Alexander, the teen jazz prodigy. Wow.
Joey’s growth into a world class musician was not traditional. His father, an amateur musician himself, didn’t demand that his son take a specific path–no lessons or study with a master. Instead, he nurtured Joey’s natural interests by exposing him to great artists and letting Joey determine his own direction, listening to the likes of Thelonius Monk, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, and John Coltrane.
His father trusted his son to the process.
Joey’s story struck us because of what it can teach us about nurturing someone’s interest in spiritual matters.
We don’t need an agenda–we can take our cues from the person we are trying to love.
Maybe one of the best ways to succeed at welcoming someone in to an on-going spiritual conversation is to avoid an attempts to pre-determine a direction.
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