“What’s your take on this?”
As soon as a current event rocks the news cycle or social media scene that could have implications on business or ministry, my phone floods with friends asking a similar question – ‘What’s your take on this?’
Previously, I’d send an immediate response back, but as the whole story unfolded sometimes my perspective shifted. Now, I approach my responses in a different way. Over the years, I’ve learned a process that helps me come to better conclusions.
Take a step back.
It’s okay to take time and deeply think through the situation. Don’t let people rush you for an answer if you’re not ready to give one.
Take a deep breath.
Pause. Are your emotions about the issue clouding your judgment?
Submit your thoughts to accountability leadership.
If the issue at hand has implications for OneHope, I consult my leadership accountability structure. I’ll present them with my thoughts and we will discuss questions like how do we interpret this issue in light of God’s Word? Is this the right Scriptural reaction to this particular issue and how it’s making people feel?
When I go through this process, my answer is always going to be better than my personal reaction to a certain issue.