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Pursuing a healthy paradigm

April 5, 2016 | by Rob Streetman

A paradigm is a pattern or model we use when considering — and responding to — the world around us. Workplace leaders operate out of their paradigms. For the most part, paradigms are a matter of the mind, exposed by what we believe, confess, and do.

The scriptural term for paradigm is mindset. Our paradigms should be an expression of “things above” (Colossians 3:2). Paradigms set on the things of this world are dangerous paradigms to have. They cause us to operate in ways that are contrary to the will of God.

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God," (Romans 12:2).

Our pursuit of the will of God requires the renewing of our mind – the regular, even continual, transformation of our paradigms. God has made a way for this, and He has graciously given us a Transformer.

"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord," (2 Corinthians 3:18).

While we are not the primary agent of our transformation, we must be diligent in our participation. It is important to recognize our role in the renewal process. We must set our minds on things above; particularly the glory of the Lord. We must submit to the Holy Spirit’s work.  We have been given the mind of Jesus Christ; and we should use it by exclusively seeking the thoughts and ways of God. 

Transformation is not a passive activity. Some paradigms are resilient, and should be; but even the most resilient paradigms should be challenged from time to time. Paradigms can be dangerous. They lock us into worldly ways; and worldly ways of thinking. They can oppress the supernatural creativity and faith that God has given.

As a leader of leaders, you have an incredible opportunity to shape the paradigms of entire communities; and not just the way those communities think. The thoughts of God are carried into the workplace in the mind of Christ, implanted in His followers through the renewal of their minds. The thoughts and ways of God become forces of transformation through their works of faith. 

Consider this: Adjusting your paradigms will likely challenge your comfort zone and drive you to a greater desperation for faith in God and hearing His voice. That is an expected and normal. It is a good thing. Try attending a conference, reading a book, or researching a topic that will challenge the way you operate. Focus on the ways and thoughts of God (looking away from those of the world). Use this as a communication tool with God. Surrender to His will and He will free you from the paradigms that are oppressing your leadership and creativity.


Rob Streetman

Rob Streetman is the president of inLight Consulting and is author of The Map Maker. He is called to encourage, edify and equip Workplace Leaders as disciple makers and transformation agents. He began inLight in 2005, after 25+ years in the IT industry.

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