DayBreaks for 01/26/15 – It Doesn’t Take a Genius Christopher Langan
Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers tells the strange story of Christopher Langan, a genius with a staggering IQ of between 195 – 210. (For perspective, Einstein’s IQ was 150.) In high school, Langan could ace any foreign language exam by skimming the textbook 2-3 minutes before the test. He got a perfect score on his SAT, even though he fell asleep at one point. But Langan failed to use his exceptional gifts and ended up working on a horse farm in rural Missouri. According to Gladwell, Langan never had a community to help him capitalize on his gifts. Gladwell summarized the story of Langan in one sentence: He “had to make his way alone, and no one– not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses– ever makes it alone.” (Source: preachingtoday.com, 2/14/11)
“Remember the old adage in Proverbs 27:17, As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another? The Lord created us, not only with a God-shaped hole, but an “others-shaped hole” as well. We need others to stimulate us to become everything God intends for us to be. Hebrews 10:24 challenges us to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (NIV). The NLT reads, “encourage one another to outbursts of love…” The Message puts it, “let’s see how inventive we can be…” and the NAS uses the word “stimulate”. I guess the good old King James is my favorite when it reads, “to provoke” one another (sort of like a spiritual cattle prod). Any way you unwrap it, we need to intentionally seek out a community of believers who can stimulate, encourage and, yes provoke us, to become all that God desires for us. And you don’t have to be a “genius” to figure that out!” – Barney Cargile
PRAYER: Thank You for giving us community with one another! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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