There are a lot of sparkly things out there to get our attention. From the latest productivity app to the newest course by the big name leader to the latest and greatest book on leadership or church fads, there’s always something vying for our attention. Most of the time we give in. We grab the shiny new object and adore it. Until we’re finished, then we put it aside. We close the book. We forget what we read. We move on. We watch the video course. We absorb a little information. We move on. We play with the app. We get bored. We move on.
Wash, rinse repeat.
We Like Shiny and New Church Fads
The shiny objects are fun. They promise to make us more productive or to increase our knowledge. They beckon us with their sexy covers or smooth promises. We like these things, we really do.
They make us feel better about ourselves. They make us feel like we’re making forward progress. There’s a problem, though. Church fads not making us any of those things. Rather, they’re taking away from what we could be.
The Problem With Shiny and New Church Fads
They lay out big promises. They tell us how much we’re going to improve. They tell us we’ll be changed when we use them. By now, you know that’s not true. After you’ve picked up new shiny church fads, you’re already ready for the next new thing. The next promise, the next great thing, the next object that will change your life.
And that’s the problem. Right there in front of you.
Before you’ve had any chance to make a change, you’ve already put aside the thing that could change your life.
You rapidly read through the new business book. Ready to read the next book that will change your life.
You play with the productivity app. Then check out the next app that’s guaranteed to make you better.